Man Who Promised Cancer, HIV Cure Convicted
San Diego, CA (KSWB) — A La Mesa man accused of posing as a doctor and promising patients he could cure cancer and HIV is guilty of theft and practicing medicine without a license, a jury said.
The panel found Keith Barton, 51, guilty of 10 felony counts of treating people without a license, impersonating a doctor and grand theft.
During the trial, which began Tuesday, prosecutors said authorities allege the defendant called himself “Dr. Barton” and promised to cure a woman and her children of HIV.
One of the children subsequently died as a result of not receiving effective treatment after the mother paid Barton $18,000, prosecutors allege.
According to authorities, Barton is not a licensed medical doctor but shares his first and last name with a real medical doctor who is licensed in California. Barton allegedly used that fact to create the impression that he was a licensed professional.
The defendant allegedly said he provided treatment for cancer, allergies and other ailments, with more than 200 doctors on staff, including surgeons working for him in Tijuana.
An undercover agent testified last year that Barton told her his therapy treatment “would cure my cancer” and wrote him a check for $8,760.
The verdict was delivered Friday.
The judge ordered a sentencing hearing for Barton on Monday, Feb. 3.