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Unlicensed ‘doc’ accused of $1m stem cell scam

Alfred Sapse faces 20 charges of wire and mail fraud for allegedly scamming 134 patients.

During the past four years, Sapse is accused of telling his patients, suffering with a variety of illnesses including multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, that he could cure them with a new stem cell therapy.

The “treatment” involved putting placental tissue in the patients’ abdomens. It is, needless to say, not approved by the FDA. Sapse isn’t licensed in any state. He had other physicians actually perform the procedures.

Sapse netted approximately $1 million from his patients for the treatments. According to the investigation, Sapse spent most of the money gambling.

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