Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) October 16, 2009 -- Dr Christine Daniel 55, and pastor, was arrested on charges of mail and wire fraud. Bail was set at $150,000.
Between $1.1 to $1.5 million was taken from 55 cancer suffering families between 2001 and 2004, by Daniel, a family practitioner in Mission Hills, California. Daniel claimed her expensive brown herbal liquid, infused with herbs and known as 'C-Extractâ, was a cancer cure.
In 2002, on a talk show on TBN Christian cable channel, Daniel discussed her treatment. She claimed she had a 60% cure rate. Her cures were an alternative to traditional cancer treatment, such as chemotherapy.
Founder and senior pastor of St. Stephen's Cathedral Church of God in Christ, Bishop George McKinney sought advice from Daniel in December 2004, He placed faith in Daniel as being not merely an ordained minister, but a doctor as well. McKinleyâs wife had terminal cancer.
Daniel prescribed Jean McKinney herbs, which she stated were grown in South America and Africa. Prosecutors say they were in fact vitamins that could be paid for at any local drugstore.
McKinney paid Daniel over $100,000 for the herbs and treatment, money McKinney was forced to borrow from friends. McKinney did not merely have to deal with his wifeâs illness, he was also suffering from deep financial difficulties. Jean McKinney took the herbal mixture three to four times a day, for her terminal colon cancer. In June 2004 she passed away.
Shortly following his wife's death, federal agents contacted McKinney telling him that Daniel was being investigated. Daniel's arrest topped a six-year federal and state investigation, triggered by complaints to a consumer agency by Easton Shakespeare, of Cambridge, Mas, who lost his wife to cancer after following the Daniel course of treatment.
At Danielâs urging it is alleged some patients gave up traditional therapy. Daniel's lawyer, Manual Miller, of Woodlands Hills, California, claims his client is innocent. âIf the case goes to trial she will be acquitted". Daniel denies ever practicing alternative medicine and that she never talked about a 60% cancer cure rate on television. She described the federal investigators as ânut cases and evilâ.
Assistant U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles, Joseph Johns, said "You can't be selling stuff and represent it as being a cure for human diseases until it has been passed by the FDA". It's totally legal to sell herbal cures to sick people, but it is not legal to claim on television that the herbs you sell cures cancer, until their curative powers have been proven satisfactory to the FDA.
Daniel completed her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine and finished her residency in Anesthesiology at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Centre in California.
Daniel, facing two counts each of mail and wire fraud and if convicted, could face up to 80 years in prison.
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