Two men sentenced for defrauding Kinesio Tape

Kinesio Tape

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two men are going to federal prison for defrauding the Kinesio Tape company, based in New Mexico.

The company makes therapeutic elastic tape used by many professional athletes.

Federal investigators say 68-year-old John Hope and 43-year-old Johannes Jarvis, who worked for the company, created a fake company to act as middle-man and pocketed more than $1 million.

The indictment says Hope and Jarvis used some of the money for booze and prostitutes.

They were sentenced to between 3 and 4 years in prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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