California Lyme Disease Fraud: Robert Bradford Admits Scheme

09/24/2010 04:18 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- A southern California man has pleaded guilty in Kansas to marketing a phony system to diagnose and cure Lyme disease.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 79-year-old Robert W. Bradford, of Chula Vista, pleaded guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and introduce misbranded drugs into commerce. Three co-defendants await trial.

Prosecutors are recommending that Bradford receive a year of home confinement and five years' probation. They also want him to pay more than $40,000 in restitution and more than $400,000 earned from the scheme.

Bradford admitted setting up a company that sold a microscope the conspirators claimed could diagnose Lyme disease and a drug treatment plant they claimed could cure it.

Authorities said the drugs caused the death of one Kansas resident and renal failure in another.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 14.

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