RAPID CITY, S.D. — A federal judge has rejected the argument of an 82-year-old Rapid City man accused of defrauding consumers of nearly $17 million that he couldn’t afford to pay for his ankle monitor as he awaits trial.

Larry Lytle is faces conspiracy and other charges for allegedly ignoring a pair of 2015 federal court orders to stop making and selling allegedly bogus laser medical devices known as QLasers.

The Rapid City Journal reports Lytle’s attorney recently sought a court order allowing for the removal of the ankle monitor, saying Lytle isn’t a flight risk and is having difficulty paying for electronic monitoring as required by the court.

Prosecutors responded that Lytle is a millionaire and that his claim “defies logic.”

U.S. Magistrate Judge Daneta Wollmann sided with the government.

Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com