California man admits Lyme disease fraud
The Associated Press
Posted: 09/17/2010 04:46:11 PM PDT
KANSAS CITY, Kan.—A southern California man has pleaded guilty in Kansas to marketing a phony system to diagnose and cure Lyme disease.
The U.S. Attorney's office says 79-year-old Robert W. Bradford, of Chula Vista, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and introduce misbranded drugs into commerce. Three co-defendants await trial.
Prosecutors are recommending that Bradford receive a year of home confinement and five years' probation. They also want him to pay more than $40,000 in restitution and more than $400,000 earned from the scheme.
Bradford admitted setting up a company that sold a microscope the conspirators claimed could diagnose Lyme disease and a drug treatment plant they claimed could cure it.
Authorities said the drugs caused the death of one Kansas resident and renal failure in another.
Sentencing is set for Dec. 14.
Home confinement is not enough for this bastard, nor is anything else they've listed. Do they seriously think this is not good enough for jailtime? At the very least, shouldn't this be involuntary manslaughter?
I realize he has to pay out significant amounts of money but that isn't enough. I realize the circumstances of lyme disease treatment mean nothing in this context and can't be taken into consideration. But I would feel the same way if it was anything else, and I don't understand how the prosecutors are not.
This isn't just ripping people off. It's blatant disregard and lack of care for human life. It's not just endangerment anymore when someone has died. Have we really become so desensitized to these things that money makes it all okay?