News Story

 

Man Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without a License
7/16/2015 4:00:00 PM

 

 

Nature of Incident:

Man Arrested for Practicing Medicine Without a License

Report Number:

15-13077

Location:

Richmond, CA

Date & Time:

July 9, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit

Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office

                                       

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age

(S) Vincent Gammill

(V) Female Adult

 

El Cerrito, CA

Thousand Oaks, CA

69

49

Narrative:

On July 9, 2015, the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit (PCU) with the assistance of the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office concluded an investigation into the unlawful practice of medicine by a Northern California man with the service of search warrants and an arrest.

 

During the month of June 2015, an adult female with late stage cancer reported to deputies at the Thousand Oaks East County Sheriff's Station she had been harmed and scammed out of thousands of dollars from a man purporting to be able to treat her cancer.  The victim had seen Gammill's website on the internet in 2009 and planned on seeking treatment from him as a last resort if all traditional medical efforts to cure her cancer had failed. 

 

In June 2015, the victim traveled to Gammill's office located at 3065 Richmond Parkway Suite 101, in Richmond, California.  While at the office, Gammill examined the victim and gave her an in-depth explanation of how he was going to treat her cancer. He also advised her to alter the dosing of the medication her primary physician had prescribed her. Gammill demanded payment of $2,000.00 for his services (16 hours of consultation and treatment), which she paid to him. Gammill then provided the victim with multiple plastic "ziploc" baggies containing different powders, empty capsules, vials of liquids, commercially produced medications with expired shelf life dates (including medications labeled in Russian) and a baggie of dirt. Gammill provided her with instructions on how to prepare the items for consumption.  At one point in the visit Gammill brought out a large frying pan and commented that one of the compounds could burn a hole through the table.  Gammill proceeded to instruct the victim how to mix the compound over the frying pan and she followed his instructions.  The mixture was placed into a capsule and the victim ingested the substance.  She began to get a burning sensation in her stomach and  Gammill told the victim it was good her stomach was burning because that meant the ingredients were still active.

 

Based on the victim's statement, the PCU began an investigation into Gammill's practices.  Investigators found Gammill's website at http://natural-oncology.org/ and learned he offered, 'alternative and complementary care for those with cancer, to communicate this knowledge to individuals and practitioners and to provide practical assistance and support to those with cancer.' Investigators did not locate a record of Gammill having any medical training.

 

On July 9, 2015, Investigators from the PCU and the Detectives from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office arrested Gammill at his business for practicing medicine without a license, dependent adult abuse, and furnishing dangerous drugs without a license.  Investigators served search warrants at his office and his home located in the 2600 block of Tamalpais Avenue, in El Cerrito, California.  Upon entering the business, Detectives found laboratory equipment and bottles labeled corrosive and poison.  The Contra Costa County Hazardous Materials team was called out to inspect the scene and render it safe.  Detectives located over 25,000 prescription pills including Morphine, Ambien, Steroids, and Mexican and Russian drugs at both locations.  Gammill told Detectives he offered alternative options to the traditional treatment of cancer.  He also initially stated he had no formal education beyond high school, but then 'remembered' he had obtained a doctor of science degree sometime in the 1990's. 

 

Gammill was booked into custody at the Contra Costa County Jail and is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on August 31, 2015.

 

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit and the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office are seeking any additional victims in this case.  Southern California residents may contact the PCU at (805) 383-8700 or email at pharm.tip@ventura.org.  Northern California residents may contact the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau at (925) 313- 2600.

The Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit is a task force comprised of members from the Ventura County Sheriff's Office, Simi Valley Police Department, the District Attorney's Office Bureau of Investigation, the California Highway Patrol, and the Health Quality Investigation Unit of the California Division of Investigation. The primary mission of the task force is combating the transfer of legal prescription medication to the illegal market. In addition, the task force works to identify and stop new trends of abuse among the younger population and investigates overdose deaths due to both prescription medication and illicit drug use. 

 

 

Prepared by:

Sergeant Victor Fazio

 

News Release Date:

July 16, 2015

 

Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Robert Davidson

(805) 947-8705

robert.davidson@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Curt Rothschiller Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Lt. Kristi Butterfield Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department  

 







 

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