Medical alert

Elsie, 82, says a salesman came to her door and said her neighbours had recommended she buy a medical alert system. (CBC)

A 35-year-old man accused of peddling medical alert devices without a permit has been charged with three counts under the Nova Scotia Direct Sellers Act.

RCMP say the charges stem from complaints that people were being asked for large amounts of money upfront to buy medical alarm equipment and monitoring services.

CBC first reported the story in August. An 82-year-old Annapolis Valley woman said she had written a $2,067 cheque for a medical alert system after a “fast talker” salesman came to her door.

Clients of the system are supposed to be able to push a button if there’s an emergency, and a dispatch centre responds.

The woman said she signed a contract, but never received a copy. Nor did she get a box, instructions, or any explanation of what she should do if  there is an emergency.

RCMP have now charged Thomas Peter Fennessey. He will appear in Kentville provincial court on Nov. 12 and Dec. 9, and in Shubenacadie provincial court on Dec. 9, related to two other incidents.

An RCMP investigation alleges he did not have a permit to sell, a requirement under legislation.