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Man Sentenced in Scheme That Preyed on Elderly

A Studio City man pleaded no contest to stealing $7,000 from the sick and elderly in a telemarketing scheme and was sentenced to a year in jail or 130 days on a Caltrans work crew.

Mark Phillip Sugarman, 37, was sentenced Thursday by Los Angeles Municipal Judge Jacob Adajian after Sugarman entered his plea on two counts of grand theft.

Adajian also ordered Sugarman to pay full restitution to the victims of the scheme.

Deputy City Atty. Keith De La Rosa said Sugarman used a telemarketing business called Medical Alert to divert customers from the Medic Alert Foundation, which provides clients with bracelets that list medical conditions.

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