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Phony San Diego-area 'doctor' sentenced to 5 years in prison; claimed he could cure HIV

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego County man convicted of claiming he was a doctor who could cure the virus that causes AIDS has been given five years in prison.

A judge sentenced Keith Barton of La Mesa on Friday. A jury found Barton guilty in January of six felony counts of treating patients without a medical license and several other crimes.

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

The San Diego County district attorney's office called the case "a reminder that consumers need to be particularly wary of unapproved 'miracle' cures."

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