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Doctor jailed for promising false cure

Pittsburgh has its share of cancer patients. A Los Angeles doctor was recently arrested, tried and sentenced to 14 years in prison for her role in taking more than $1 million from cancer patients to whom she promised a "cure" for cancer through the use of an herbal supplement. While most cases of poor treatment are handled in civil court with suits filed by medical malpractice attorneys, this doctor's fraud was so encompassing that prosecutors felt that it merited criminal charges.

The 58-year-old doctor, who has also been ordered to forfeit nearly $1.3 million in assets, was found guilty of wire fraud, as well as tax evasion and witness tampering. She reportedly told her patients that taking her herbal supplement could cure them of diabetes, cancer and multiple sclerosis. However, several of her patients died from treatable cancerous conditions while taking her supplements.

Prosecutors originally sought a 27-year prison term. They believe that the doctor took in about $1.1 million from families over the course of three years with her "miracle" cure. Chemical tests of the product revealed that it contained beef extract flavoring as well as a sunscreen preservative, a combination that may also have contributed to illness in some patients. Prosecutors noted that the doctor showed a "merciless and callous indifference" to her patients and their family members.

A medical malpractice attorney may assist the family of someone who has died through the withholding of necessary treatment; or a victim who has suffered injury due to medical negligence. An individual who is the victim of medical malpractice could possibly seek to recover compensation for his or her expenses, pain and suffering.

Source: Huffington Post, "Dr. Christine Daniel Sentenced To 14-Year Term For Promising False Cancer Cure", Greg Risling, May 17, 2013

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