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Troubled Texas Scooter Seller Sends Layoff Email

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SAN ANTONIO (AP) – A seller of motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters whose commercials have become familiar television fixtures has sent layoff notices to its workforce a little more than two weeks after federal agents raided the place.

The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday the chief executive of The Scooter Store sent emails to the New Braunfels, Texas-based company’s employees. In the email, Martin Landon told his workforce of about 1,200 employees not to return to work unless advised to do so by the company human resources department.

It was unclear how many workers, if any, were advised to return.

In December, two U.S. senators questioned why The Scooter Store had received as much as $87.7 million in Medicare overpayments.

Scooter Store officials have denied wrongdoing and defended their business practices.

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