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San Diego-area man pleads guilty to 13 felony counts involving pushing bad medicine

April 15, 2011 |  5:35 pm

Kurt A 75-year-old Bonita man with a long history of allegations involving trafficking in useless or harmful medical treatments was sentenced Friday to a year in jail after pleading guilty to 13 felony counts.

Kurt Donsbach pleaded guilty to practicing medicine without a license, selling illegal and misbranded drugs, and other allegations involving his Internet radio program offering health advice to the severely ill.

Donsbach offered an illegal drug to an undercover FBI agent pretending to have pancreatic cancer, according to court testimony. He gave similarly illegal or useless treatments to patients with prostate cancer and arthritis, prosecutors said.

Along with the year in jail, Donsbach was sentenced by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Charles Rogers to 10 years' probation. The probation terms prohibit Donsbach from referring to himself as a doctor, prescribing drugs or compounds, or teaching, writing or speaking about "any nutrition or health-related issue."

"The terms and conditions of the probation should put him out of business," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Gina Darvas.

Among other activities that have caused Donsbach to run afoul of medical authorities, he  was the director of a clinic in Rosarito Beach, Mexico, where Coretta Scott King died in 2006. The clinic was later shut down by Mexican authorities who said it lacked a proper license and was in violation of health regulations.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Kurt Donsbach. Credit: KGTV-Channel 10

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