5 Shocking Medical Device Crimes—Carpenter5 Shocking Medical Device Crimes—Carpenter
August 19, 2016
In February 2016, a jury convicted Antonella Carpenter of attempting to defraud patients by claiming to cure cancer, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Carpenter was the owner of Lase Med Inc., which was supposed to be a cancer treatment clinic. According to court documents and trial evidence cited in the DOJ release, Carpenter, who is not a medical doctor but is a physicist, made false claims about a "Light Induced Enhanced Selective Hyperthermia" (LIESH) treatment to cancer patients between November 2006 and December 2012.
According to the DOJ release, Carpenter also claimed to cure cancer by injecting tumors with "a mixture consisting of saline solution and food coloring or walnut hull extract" before heating the area with a laser.
The DOJ noted that Carpenter will face forfeiture of approximately $1.1 million in proceeds, could face up to 10 years in prison for "inducing persons to travel in interstate commerce in an effort to defraud them of at least $5000," and up to 20 years in prison on the other charges.
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