Phony doctor who promised to cure HIV convicted
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- San Diego County prosecutors say a man who allegedly claimed he could cure the AIDS virus -- indirectly resulting in the death of a child -- has been convicted of practicing medicine without a license.
Keith Barton of La Mesa was convicted Friday. He remains jailed and faces a potential prison sentence of nearly nine years.
Prosecutors say Barton impersonated a real doctor with the same name and charged $18,000 for a treatment he claimed would cure a woman and her children of HIV.
Authorities say one child died after failing to receive proper treatment.
Authorities also say Barton got $32,000 from a woman with autoimmune disease. Prosecutors say he advised her to have her teeth removed and undergo an ineffective treatment he called "Dendritic Cellular Therapy."