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Two Local Businessmen Convicted In Phony Beverage Scheme

Mar 26, 2015

Sentencing is pending for two central Ohio businessmen convicted of stealing investors money from a now defunct beverage company. 

43-year old Preston Harrison of Lewis Center and 40-year old Thomas Jackson of Powell marketed a drink called OXYwater, a product they claimed was an all natural vitamin-enhanced sports drink with added oxygen. Prosecutors say they lied to investors about sales and profits, then misappropriated the money for personal use.  Harrison and his wife Lovena are also convicted of consipracy to defraud the government, for routing over a million dollars of investors money through her daycare business and filling false tax returns.  Harrison is a former OSU football player.