Sixty-nine-year-old Vincent Gammill of El Cerrito in Richmond has been arrested for prescribing expired and bag of dirt to cancer patients, claiming he was a trained oncologist.
A 49-year-old woman from Thousand Oaks had first reported the case in June to deputies in Ventura County, and she claimed Gammill prescribed a bag of trash and other fake drugs for her cancer condition after collecting $2,000 from her.
The cancer-stricken woman came across Gammill’s website in 2009, and then later visited his Richmond office at 3065 Richmond Parkway where Gammill gave her various powders and concoctions and made her use them.
Sheriff’s deputies in Contra Costa arrested Gammill last week when they suspected he was practicing oncology without a government license, and even abusing the condition of dependent adults to prescribe them with homemade elixirs. A combined effort between officers from Contra Costa and Ventura led to his arrest.
Deputies found vials of liquid, expired drugs, various powders, empty capsules, and bags of dirt in both Gammill’s home and office; and the duped woman reported how the face doctor had told her how to mix the ingredients in a frying-pan before putting the mixture into a capsule for ingestion. And after doing that, she reported a burning sensation in her tummy and Gammill said that was good because it indicated the ingredients were still active.
The authorities also found bottled labeled “poison” and “corrosive” together with some lab equipment in his office and home, and several Mexican and Russian prescription drugs, steroids, morphine, Ambien, and about 25,000 other pills.
Operating a website and business under the name, Natural Oncology Institute Inc., police investigators did not see anything to indicate the man had any formal medical training or was certified to offer such medical services.
After telling officers the most education he had was high school, he later changed his story to say he got a medical degree in the early ’90s. Gammill is already booked into the Contra Costa County jail and will be appearing in the Ventura County Superior Court on August 31.