Authorities in Richmond are trying to locate people who may have been possibly became victims by an EL Cerrito man who was arrested last week for trying to pass himself as a doctor when in fact he is not licensed to practice as such. He had a fake cancer treatment office.
The 69 year old impostor, Vincent Gammil is now behind bars in Costa County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 31 in Ventura County Superior Court regarding his bogus cancer-treatment facility located at a Richmond office.
The inquiry started last month, when a 49-year-old woman resident of Thousand Oaks told the police about the racket that’s been going on.
The woman, who suffered from advance cancer, narrated to the police about Gammel’s website which she happened to see advertising about using alternative method of cancer treatment. This was in 2009. She made plans to submit herself as a last-ditch effort if her ongoing treatment doesn’t work and stop the cancer’s progress.
It was only last month that she finally went to see Gammill in his Richmond Parkway office. After her examination, Gammill laid out his treatment plan and advised her to stop taking her present medications and instead submit to his 16 hours consultation and treatment for $2,000.
.After giving him her money, Gammill handed her several plastic bags containing assorted kinds of powders, empty medicine capsules, liquid ampoules, including commercial medications with dates long expired (medicines with Russian characters) and a bag of what looks like a dirt, according to her sworn statement.
The fake doctor told her how to drink the fake medicines. He even produced a frying pan and made some claims that one of the compounds could easily bore a hole through the table after which he made some specific instructions how to mix the compounds using the pan. She did as instructed and the mixture was placed inside the capsules. After eating it, she felt a burning sensation in her stomach. Gsmmill assured her that the ingredients were still working.
The police started to investigate Gammill and discovered his website 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.” However after doing some investigation, the police crime unit found out that Bammill doesn’t possess a medical license to practice. Other charges involving different cases were also filed against Gammill
They also served search warrants both at his office and home in the 2600 block of Tamalpais Avenue in El Cerrito.
The pharmaceutical crimes unit and Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office said they are seeking additional victims who may have been harmed. Northern California residents may contact the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at 925-313-2600. Southern California residents may contact the PCU at 805-383-8700 or email at [email protected].