Saturday, May 27, 2006

Hammer drops on Exeter quack

A followup to something I posted last year: a federal jury in Providence has convicted John E. Curran of Exeter on 18 counts of wire fraud, and 3 counts of money laundering.

Curran's scheme was to pose as a doctor to sell bogus treatments to sick people (even to cancer patients) and attempting to convince healthy people they were sick. The worst part, of course, is convincing desperately ill people they could get better with bubble baths, florescent lighting, and other quack treatments while they got sicker and sicker.

Quackery is no joke when desperately ill people are deprived of real treatment, something Mr. Curran is about to learn the hard way. Each of the 21 counts he was convicted upon carries a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison, and a $250,000 fine. Chew on that, "Doc".

The Providence Journal (registration, as always, required) has more on Curran's comeuppance here.

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