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URBANA, Ill. (AP) _ A man who told Illinois Amish families he could cure ailments by applying what he called a “wellness vibrator” to their necks is headed to prison.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports ( that Lonnie Lynch Jr. of Florida will serve a one-year sentence for tax evasion and operating a medical device not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

U.S. Attorney Ronda Coleman says patients told her the electric-powered device felt like a jack hammer hitting their backs and necks.

Lynch would often charge his Douglas County patients more than $200 for treatments. He would use the device to treat everything from back pain to headaches.

Defense attorney Robert Bernhoft said prosecutors had no proof the device hurt anyone.

An investigator says Lynch “preyed on vulnerable people.”


  • Shaniqua Jefferson

    Was it an electric vibrator he used? Or, since they was Amish, did ya have to crank & turn it by hand?
    I got one with 2 D batteries and it cured what ailed me !

  • Groovy Chick

    You make me laugh, Shaniqua. I am surprised that the Amish would submit themselves to electronic treatments for their problems.

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