- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A third person has been sentenced to federal prison in an Ohio-based sports-drink fraud scheme.

A federal judge in Columbus on Thursday sentenced 40-year-old Thomas E. Jackson Jr. of Powell to nearly seven years in prison for his role in a scheme that fleeced investors out of about $9 million sought to distribute an oxygenated sports drink.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that Jackson apologized in court, saying he’s committed to making things right.

Jackson and Preston Harrison ran Imperial Integrative Health Research & Development, a Westerville company that produced OXYwater from 2010 to 2012.

Harrison and his wife, Lovena Harrison, also were sentenced to prison in the scheme.

Jackson and Preston Harrison also have been ordered to repay investors.

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