Christine Daniel, M.D. Sentenced to Prison

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

In 2013, Christine Daniel, M.D., who sold a bogus cancer cure to dozens of victims across the country as part of a "treatment" program that prosecutors said was "despicable, cruel and heinous" and hastened the death of some patients, was sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. Daniel, who operated the Sonrise Wellness Center and Medical Options of America in Mission Hills, California, was also ordered to forfeit a total of $1,277,083 [1]. In 2011, Daniel was convicted of four counts of mail and wire fraud, six counts of tax evasion, and one count of witness tampering. In 2012, the Medical Board of California suspended her medical license [2]. She has also been excluded from participating as a provider in all federal health programs and California's Medi-Cal program. Her indictment [3] and a U.S. Justice Department news release [4] described the facts of the case this way:

Crime Watch Daily, which called Daniel "Doctor of Deceit," interviewed victims and noted that Daniel had promoted her services in a "Praise the Lord" episode on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Commenting on the criminal case, United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. said: " "The scope of Daniel's fraud was breathtaking. . . . Daniel robbed victims of more than money. She also stole their hopes and dreams for a cure. Daniel is responsible for a shockingly cold-hearted fraud that has brought her a richly deserved federal prison sentence." Her scheduled release date is July 25, 2025 [4].

 

References

  1. San Fernando Valley doctor who sold bogus cancer 'cure' to victims across the nation sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. U.S. Department of Justice news release 13-071, May 17, 2013.
  2. Decision. In the matter of suspension proceedings against Christine Daniel, M.D. Medical Board of Califorbia, Feb 8, 2012.
  3. Money judgment of forfeiture against Christine Daniel. USA v. Daniel. U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case No. 2:09-cr-00993, Filed May 16, 2013.
  4. Amended first superseding indictment. USA v. Daniel. U.S. District Court for the Central District of California Case No. 2:09-cr-00993, Filed Feb 4, 2011.
  5. Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator, searched Jan 2, 2017.

This article was revised on January 9, 2017.

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