Man accused of selling woman bag of dirt as cancer cure for $2,000

Man accused of selling woman bag of dirt as cancer cure for $2,000

Investigators said Thursday they are seeking people who may have been scammed by an El Cerrito man arrested last week for practicing medicine without a license at a fake cancer treatment office.

Vincent Gammill, 69, who is in Contra Costa County Jail, is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Aug. 31 in connection with his fake cancer-treatment clinic at a Richmond office.

The investigation by the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office began last month when a 49-year-old Thousand Oaks woman told deputies of the scam, according to a joint statement released by the agencies Thursday.

The woman, who suffers from late-stage cancer, told deputies she had seen Gammill’s website about alternative cancer treatment in 2009 and made plans to seek last-resort treatment if traditional methods failed to halt her disease’s progress.

Last month, the woman visited Gammill’s Richmond Parkway office. After Gammill examined her, he explained his treatment plan, told her to change her prescribed medicine’s dosage and asked her for $2,000 in exchange for 16 hours worth of consultation and treatment.

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