Pennsylvanian Calls Utah Fitness Program a Scam

Pennsylvanian Calls Utah Fitness Program a Scam

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AMERICAN FORK, Utah (AP) -- Five Pennsylvania school districts purchased fitness equipment from an American Fork-based charity that was a front for an illegal pyramid scheme.

That's according to an audit.

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner recently announced the findings, nearly a year after two former National School Fitness Foundation executives were charged with felonies for allegedly defrauding school districts.

Cameron Lewis and his father, Ty Lewis, who headed the N-S-F-F, sold 77-point-five (M)million dollars in fitness equipment to 600 schools in 20 states. The Lewis' allegedly told schools they would be reimburse for the cost of the equipment through government and private donations.

However, schools say they were never reimbursed.

In October 2004, Cameron and Ty Lewis were each charged with four counts of bank fraud, eight counts of mail fraud, 12 counts of wire fraud and 16 counts of money laundering.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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