A former doctor turned TV evangelist and fake health fraud has been convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison for a fake cancer cure that she promoted on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world’s largest Christian television network. Courthouse News reports:
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.
“The evidence presented at trial showed 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, as she has promised patients. Chemical analyses 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.”
The statement added: “Daniel used her status as a Pentecostal minister to create a bond of trust with members of the Evangelical Christian community, an affinity that gave her access to victims to whom she sold bogus hope and worthless treatments. 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.”
Which makes it only slightly more fraudulent than everything else that airs on TBN.