Phony doctor who promised to cure HIV convicted

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Updated: 1/10/2014 6:37 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County prosecutors say a man who allegedly claimed he could cure the AIDS virus — indirectly resulting in the death of a child — has been convicted of practicing medicine without a license.

Keith Barton of La Mesa was convicted Friday. He remains jailed and faces a potential prison sentence of nearly nine years.

Prosecutors say Barton impersonated a real doctor with the same name and charged $18,000 for a treatment he claimed would cure a woman and her children of HIV.

Authorities say one child died after failing to receive proper treatment.

Authorities also say Barton got $32,000 from a woman with autoimmune disease. Prosecutors say he advised her to have her teeth removed and undergo an ineffective treatment he called "Dendritic Cellular Therapy."

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