Arthur Vanmoor Sentenced Again to Prison (2008)

Stephen Barrett, M.D.

In 2008, Arthur Vanmoor was sentenced to 210 months in prison for illegally marketing a phony cancer cure and other products [1]. In December 2005, the U.S. Attorney’s Office had obtained a temporary restraining order prohibiting the continued promotion, advertisement, production, shipment, and/or sale of “Cancer Control,” “Migraine Miracle,” “Flu Fighter,” and any other non-FDA-approved drugs in interstate commerce. When Vanmoor defied the order, the court found him in civil contempt [2] and the United States indicted him for criminal contempt as well as conspiracy to commit mail fraud, wire fraud, misbranding of drugs and the introduction of unapproved new drugs into interstate commerce [3]. In August 2007, he was extradited to the United States from the Netherlands to stand trial and was convicted in January 2008.

The evidence at trial revealed that he hired people to create and write content for cancercure.org, migrainemiracle.com and other Web sites to promote his products that he falsely claimed were FDA-approved drugs. He also arranged for the sites to contain fictitious testimonials plus promotional articles falsely claimed to have been written by doctors [1].

This was the third time Vanmoor was in trouble. According to a report in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Vanmoor was convicted twice in connection with his operation of an escort service that investigators determined was a prostitution scheme. In 2002, he pleaded "no contest" to two misdemeanor counts of solicitation of a prostitute and was fined $65,000 and placed on one year's probation. In 2004, he pleaded no contest to charges of racketeering and conspiracy to commit racketeering and was ordered to pay $500,000 in fines and restitution and sentenced to 18 months in jail to be followed by deportation to the Netherlands [4].

The lengthy sentence given to Vanmoor in 2008 may be the longest one ever issued for marketing quack products. However, the Federal Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locater indicates that he was released on July 29, 2009, and I have found no recent information about him on the Internet. If you know anything about his current whereabouts or activities, please let me know.

References

  1. Arthur Vanmoor sentenced to 210 months in jail for selling fake cancer cure. USDOJ news release, April 11, 2008.
  2. Order adopting report and recommendation that defendants be found in contempt. USA vs. Flu Fighter Corp, Arthur Vanmoor and others. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. July 24, 2006.
  3. Indictment. USA vs Arthur Vanmoor. U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, March 14, 2005.
  4. Burstein J. Escort service owner sentenced. Sun Sentinel, July 27, 2004.
  5. Stratton J. Gingerbread Man. Broward's most notorious inventor and accused pimp rakes in a big take from behind bars. Broward Palm Beach New Times, Jan 29, 2004.

This page was revised on October 21, 2014.

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