Admitted laser swindler Larry Lytle has paid $637,000 in restitution so far as he awaits sentencing, according to federal court records.
Lytle, of Rapid City, pleaded guilty in January to criminal contempt and conspiracy. In a plea deal, he agreed to pay restitution sufficient to reimburse all customers who purchased one of his QLaser medical devices. Sales of the handheld devices totaled at least $16.67 million, the plea agreement said.
Lytle’s initial restitution payment of $637,000 was made by check Feb. 5, court records show. Victims who think they might be owed restitution may call the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rapid City at 342-7822. The court will determine how the restitution is paid out.
Lytle’s guilty plea resulted from allegations that he violated prior court orders directing him to stop making and selling his QLaser devices, which he claimed were effective in the treatment of hundreds of medical conditions ranging in severity from headaches to AIDS. The only condition for which the devices had approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was pain associated with osteoarthritis of the hand.
Lytle has filed a motion to stay his sentencing until his appeals against the prior court orders are resolved. Two of Lytle’s co-conspirators have also pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.