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Man, 87, Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years in Prison for Medical Scam

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Alfred Sapse and Dr. Ralph Conti leave federal court in Nov. 2012. Alfred Sapse and Dr. Ralph Conti leave federal court in Nov. 2012.

LAS VEGAS -- A man found guilty of defrauding people with incurable diseases will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Alfred Sapse, 87, was sentenced Tuesday to 17 1/2 years in prison and ordered to pay $1 million in restitution.

Sapse was convicted with Dr. Ralph Conti, a pediatrician, in Nov. 2012 on several counts of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, The two were found guilty for collecting money and promising experimental stem cell treatments to patients. The treatments involved injecting patients with stem cells from placentas. Conti died in Dec. 2012 before he could be sentenced.

During the trial, prosecutors said the money from patients went to Sapse's personal account and was used to pay for gambling.

"Using purported medical practices and procedures to steal from vulnerable persons who are ill is disgusting and wrong," said U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden. "We will continue to use federal  investigative and prosecutorial resources to ensure that persons who commit such crimes are  held accountable and sent to prison."

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