In separate and unrelated cases, two long-time quackery promoters have pleaded guilty to violating federal drug laws:
From: Consumer Health Digest #10-50 (Quackwatch) December 16, 2010
Kurt W. Donsbach, 75, pleaded guilty to 13 felony charges: five counts of practicing medicine without a license, five counts of selling/distributing misbranded drugs, and one count each of of attempted grand theft, grand theft, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also admitted that he personally inflicted a great bodily injury on one of the victims related to the unlicensed practice of medicine. The Court agreed to sentence Donsbach to probation, which will include restrictions against practicing medicine and distributing dietary supplements, and possible custody in the county jail. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for March 4, 2011.
Robert W. Bradford, 79, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to introduce misbranded drugs into interstate commerce. In his plea, Bradford admitted that he and several codefendants made more than $400,000 selling a microscope they claimed could be used to diagnose Lyme Disease and a drug treatment plan they claimed could cure it. Bradford founded a company that distributed marketing materials mischaracterizing Lyme disease as the "Plague of the 21st Century" and claiming that more than 50% of chronically ill people may be suffering from Lyme Disease. Bradford's sentencing is scheduled for January 11, 2011.
Donsbach and Bradford have had similar careers. At various times, both have (a) conducted businesses in Southern California, (b) operated questionable clinics in Mexico, (c) used nonaccredited credentials, (d) conducted educational programs, (e) marketed questionable dietary supplements and drugs, (f) been the target of both civil and criminal actions, (g) issued many publications, and
(h) headed politically aggressive groups that tried to weaken government regulatory power. For detailed information on their backgrounds, see: