Last week in California a fake oncologist was arrested. Vincent Gammill, a 69-year-old man from Richmond was behind a business called the Natural Oncology Institute. The business operated by the man advertised “alternative and complementary care for people who suffer from cancer”. However, the fake oncologist was arrested as authorities found that his treatments were frauds, such as expired prescription drugs, phony pills and a bag of dirt as well.
His patients were charged thousands of dollars for his services, claimed the police after receiving some important data from a woman living in Thousand Oaks, California. She said she drove around 300 miles, spent a couple of days with the fake oncologist and paid the man $2,000, just to come to the conclusion that he was actually ripping her off.
Gammill was claiming to be a doctor but when he was checked out by the police, they didn’t find anything to suggest that the fake oncologist ever received some sort of medical education at all. On top of this, Gammill actually confessed that he didn’t have any education other than a high school diploma. However, later on, the man claimed to remember that he received a Ph.D. around twenty years ago.
The woman who informed the police and who asked to be referred to as “Fern” said that she was incredibly upset that there was someone taking advantage of cancer sufferers who are very desperate to live. Fern said she has battled breast cancer for a period of seven years. She sought alternative treatments after growing tired of numerous chemotherapy sessions and other traditional treatments, and ended up on the website ran by Gammill.
Fern said that she believed the man had all the answers to her problems. He was described as being a guru on the internet but the fake oncologist actually gave her numerous expired prescriptions. Gammill also gave the woman empty capsules along with a pill that he claimed it was incredibly acidic. So acidic, in fact that it would make a hole in the counter in her kitchen. The fake oncologist also gave the woman a bag containing trash and dirt which he claimed it had medicinal properties.
When the authorities searched his house, they found a lot of drugs but none of them could have been used for treating cancer. Vincent Gammill was arrested on the 9th of July with charges of giving patients dangerous drugs, practicing medicine without a medical license and abusing a dependent adult.
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