Crime & Courts

Grand jury indicts woman who sold ‘secret sauce’ in cancer cure fraud, including to Kansans

A Tulsa woman who sold what she called her “secret sauce” to cancer patients, including to at least 11 Kansans, was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on 13 counts of wire fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a news release.

Maureen Long, 64, was indicted in Topeka. Most of the Kansans who bought the supposed cancer treatments lived in the northeast corner of the state, but the buyers also lived in Hartford in Lyon County, Hesston and Mount Hope, according to a court document.

Kansas residents paid Long at least $128,000 for the treatments, ranging from $6,500 to $29,190, the indictment said.

The indictment alleges Long used Internet-based Camelot Cancer Care Inc. to market her product, starting in 2007. It further alleges she preyed on people who were desperately seeking cancer treatment by selling them infusions of drugs that were misbranded and not approved for cancer treatment.

Long, who is not a licensed medical professional, hired nurses to administer the drugs, the court document said. She also hired physicians who are not oncologists.

She typically charged $12,000 or more for the first round of treatment and $3,600 for subsequent rounds, the indictment said.

In marketing materials, she claimed the treatment would cut through malignancy “like a scythe through a wheat field.” In an e-mail to a patient, she wrote, “We have a great patient survival rate,” the court document said.

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