Topeka Doctor Indicted in Lyme Disease Case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A former Topeka doctor in prison for the death of a woman he treated for Lyme Disease faces federal charges related to the treatment.

Prosecutors said Friday that John Toth and two Californians were indicted in an alleged scheme to sell medical equipment and treatments for a nonexistent epidemic of Lyme disease. Their marketing materials claimed Lyme disease was ``the plague of the
21st century'' and contributed to 50 percent of all chronic illness.

Robert W. Bradford and Brigette Byrd, both of Chula Vista, Calif., and a Chula Vista company doing business as American Biologics, are also named in the indictment.

The 59-year-old Toth pleaded no contest last year to a charge of reckless involuntary manslaughter in the 2006 death of Beverly Wunder of Topeka.

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