Feds decide to not prosecute former Scooter Store executives

SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Justice Department has decided to not prosecute former executives of a now-defunct Texas-based company that sold wheelchairs and motorized scooters to people with limited mobility.

In a statement issued Thursday, the Justice Department said that after a five-year investigation, it “does not believe it has sufficient evidence to prove criminal liability beyond a reasonable doubt as to senior managers of The Scooter Store.”

The New Braunfels, Texas-based company was one of the mobility industry’s sales leaders, saturating television channels with commercials promising freedom and independence to those with limited mobility.

But it shut down and declared bankruptcy in 2013 amid federal scrutiny of its advertising and billing. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cancelled its contract for reimbursement of the sale of its products.