Archive for Thursday, March 3, 2011

Three sentenced in Lyme disease fraud

March 3, 2011

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— Three California residents have been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay restitution in Kansas for a fraudulent marketing scheme to cure Lyme disease.

Seventy-nine-year-old Robert Bradford was sentenced this week to five years’ probation and forfeiture of $400,000. His 70-year-old wife, Carole Bradford, got five years’ probation and a $700,000 forfeiture judgment, while 65-year-old Brigitte Byrd was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $10,000 forfeiture. All three Chula Vista, Calif., residents also were ordered to pay more than $40,000 in restitution.

The three worked with Kansas doctor John Toth of Topeka, who was sentenced last month to time served.

Toth admitted he and the three co-defendants sold a microscope they said could diagnose Lyme disease, and promoted a drug treatment plan they claimed could cure it.

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