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Faith-Healing Fraud Gets 14 Years in Prison

May 24, 2013

Today you get to find out about a very, very bad person. I’m not sure where she rates on the scale of liars, bigots, snake oil salespersons, child molesters, religious thieves, etc., but she is a horrible, horrible, horrible (horrible ad nauseum) person.

Christine Daniel, 58, of Santa Clarita, was convicted of four counts of fraud, six counts of tax evasion and one count of witness tampering, in a September 2011 jury trial. She was sent to prison and ordered to forfeit $1.3 million at her Friday sentencing.
Daniel ran a clinic in the Mission Hills area of Los Angeles, “under names such as the Sonrise Wellness Center,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement announcing her sentence.
Prosecutors said in the statement: “The basic facts of the case are that Daniel, a medical doctor and prominent Pentecostal minister, fraudulently marketed and collected more than $1 million for a medical treatment that she and her employees claimed could cure many diseases and conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and hepatitis. Daniel claimed that her bogus cancer cure had a success rate of between 60 percent and 80 percent for the most advanced forms of cancer.

(HERE)

Fraud: Dr Christine Daniel has been jailed after conning patients out of money for her herbal cancer cureFRAUD: Dr Christine Daniel has been jailed after conning patients out of money for her herbal cancer cure

Apparently Daniel would appear on TBN, a haven for con-men, and a favourite channel for the ignoramus:

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.

Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) bills itself as the “World’s Largest Faith Channel.” TBN and Christine Daniel were sued as long ago as 2004 by a family that claimed Daniel’s cure, advertised on TBN, contributed to the death of a cancer patient, according to the Courthouse News database.

Unfortunately, this story gets worse:

Daniel charged up to $4,720 for one week’s worth of her herbal snake oil. Six months of it cost $120,000 to $150,000, prosecutors said in the statement.

They added: 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 within two weeks 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.

Daniel repeatedly demonstrated a merciless and callous indifference to the suffering of her patients and their family members,’ prosecutors wrote.

How do you even begin to describe someone this evil?

A “doctor” who purposely allowed patients to suffer from their idiotic beliefs, and then profit from that. Someone who promised impossible hope in the face of pain and tragedy. It actually makes me sick to my stomach. I just…

After taking the herbal ‘cure’ for four months and within two weeks 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.

Enraging…

In the past I’ve written about Empathizing With Delusional Christians, and the idiocy of parents allowing their children to die from simple preventative diseases (Second Child of Pennsylvania Couple Dies After Only Praying; Faith ‘Healing’ Parents Abuse Another Child To Death; Faith-Healing Parents = Emotional and Physical Child Abuse).

But this?

This is a supposed medical doctor… this is supposedly someone who has taken the Hippocratic Oath… this is supposedly someone who has actual medical training in a University environment.

The evil of this scam and snake oil is almost to much to comprehend.

This lady should get life in prison, and then some.

Now if they’ll only prosecute Deepak Chopra for the same crimes…

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