Texas Scooter Seller Lays Off 1,200 Workers By E-Mail

SAN ANTONIO (March 9, 2013)—The Scooter Store, a seller of motorized wheelchairs and mobility scooters whose commercials are familiar to television viewers, sent layoff notices to its 1,200 workers a little more than two weeks after federal agents raided the place.

The chief executive of The Scooter Store, Martin Landon, sent e-mails to the New Braunfels-based company's employees, telling them 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 over-payments.

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

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