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Pleasant Prairie man to be sentenced for selling fraudulent medical devices
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Pleasant Prairie man to be sentenced for selling fraudulent medical devices

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A Pleasant Prairie man will be sentenced in federal court this month after pleading guilty in a scheme to sell fraudulent medical devices to doctors and medical clinics.

Philip Kuehnl, 42, pleaded guilty in December to filing a false tax return and mail fraud.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Kuehnl was charged in 2015 with mail fraud and tax evasion.

Federal prosecutors say that from 2005 to 2011, Kuehnl operated businesses under several names, including Premium Discount Pharmaceutical Services and ScripSaver.

He was purchasing medical devices — including products used to inject people’s knees and other joints — in foreign countries, then arranging for the devices, which were not regulated by the FDA, to be sold to doctors and medical clinics in the United States.

A federal grand jury found that Kuehnl repackaged the products to make it appear they had originated in the United States and that they were name-brand products manufactured and marketed by FDA-regulated companies.

The indictment states that Kuehnl, sometimes using false names, sold more than $700,000 in products to customers who believed the devices came from legitimate medical suppliers.

He is also accused of underreporting more than $978,000 in income over three years and failing to pay $290,000 in federal income taxes.

His defense attorney could not be reached for comment.

Kuehnl is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 26.

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