Christine Daniel was found guilty of federal charges for selling a bogus cancer cure to dozens of patients across the United States. Daniel faces a potential 150 year prison sentence and $5.5 million for her 11 counts of: four counts of mail and wire fraud, six counts of tax evasion with regard to her personal and corporate income tax filings, and one count of witness tampering.
Daniels and her employees claimed they could cure cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, diabetes, and hepatitis with their magic cure sold under clinics such as the Sonrise Wellness Center. Daniel is a medical doctor and an Evangelical Christian minister that fraudulently marketed this bogus cure. She used her status within the Evangelical Christian community to create a bond and gain trust from potential fraud victims. According to Daniel the cancer cure she sold had an effective success rate between 60 and 100 percent of Stage IV metastatic or terminal cancers.
Daniel promoted the product under a variety of names including “C-Extract,” “the natural treatment” and “the herbal treatment” through a program televised on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. They marketed the product by saying it was made with herbs from around the world and manufactured in a lab and specified for each and every patient that needed it.
Daniel would charge up to $4,270 for one week’s use of this product depending on the strength of the herbs. Six-month treatment programs could be purchased for between $120,000 and $150,000.
Federal prosecutors presented evidence that Daniel’s treatment did not cure anyone of cancer, nor was it was made from herbs from around the world or blended for an individual patient. Chemical analysis determined that the product contained sunscreen preservative and beef extract flavoring, among other ingredients, none of which could have had any effect on cancer or other diseases, according to expert testimony.
During the trial, the jury heard testimony from 28 victim-patients, or close family members of victims who had died while taking Daniel’s product. The evidence presented at trial showed that a significant percentage of Daniel’s patients died within three month to six months after they started taking Daniel’s bogus cure.
According to testimony at trial, one victim who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer contacted Daniel and was told that chemotherapy would not help. After the victim traveled to Southern California, Daniel told the victim that the herbal treatment program would shrink her tumors and kill her cancer cells. For almost five months, the victim and her husband paid Daniel thousands of dollars for the herbal product. After taking the herbal “cure” for four months and after Daniel pronounced her to be cancer-free at a party held for patients, the victim died. The cancer had spread from her breasts to her bones and brain.
The sentencing will take place on December 5, 2011.
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