People were seriously hurt, one child died, because of his outrageous actions.
A La Mesa man accused of posing as a doctor and promising patients he could cure cancer and HIV is guilty of theft and practicing medicine without a license, a jury said Friday.
After two days of deliberations, the panel found Keith Barton, 51, guilty of six felony counts of treating people without a medical license, one count of false personation, and three counts related to grand theft.
During the trial, which began Tuesday, prosecutors said the defendant called himself “Dr. Barton” and promised to cure a woman and her children of HIV.
One of the children subsequently died as a result of not receiving effective treatment after the mother paid Barton $18,000, prosecutors allege.
He also advised another woman with an automimmune disease to undergo bogus treatment and charged her $32,000. He pretended to be a doctor by using the credentials of an actual doctor with the same name. It does not appear is he charged with the involuntary death of the child. He also advised patients to facilities in Mexico for treatment. He was recorded on tape telling an undercover agent he was a specialist in HIV and cancer.
He could face up to 10 years in jail. That’s not enough.
For such serious condition, only professionals should be consulted, there ARE NO MIRACLE CURES or alternative treatments that work. NEVER consider a medical treatment from a facility across the border. There is good reason why such treatments are not allowed in the U.S. They are dangerous and don’t work. But, people like this prey on the desperate who will try anything for a last chance.
I hope I see another Dr. B eventually facing a court as well.
Tip: Thomas Proffit