Lyme Disease Quack Arrested
Stephen Barrett, M.D.
In 2009, Carl E. Haese, owner and operator of The Haese Clinic of Integrative Medicine in Cruces, New Mexico, was charged with fraud in connection with diagnosing and treating people for Lyme disease. The criminal complaint (shown below) stated:
- Haese falsely represented to patients that he has cured 100% of the 3,000 people he claims to have treated for Lyme disease.
- Haese makes his diagnoses after examining a blood specimen with a Bradford Variable Projection High Resolution Microscope, a device not approved by the FDA for diagnosing any medical condition.
- The purported treatment is an intravenous cocktail that contains dioxychlor and sulfoxine—substances that lack FDA approval for any purpose.
- Patients typically pay about $5,000 for Haese's services.
Dioxychlor, sulfoxine, and the microscope system were marketed by American Biologics, a company that had sold questionable products for more than 30 years. The company claimed that Dioxychlor was "a natural antibiotic that kills bacteria by supplying generous amounts of oxygen to . . . organisms that do not require oxygen for growth and may even die in its presence." In 2006, Health Canada advised against the use of these products and the Bradford microscope.
In 2010 Haese pleaded guilty toa charge of wire fraud. In 2012, he was sentenced to 27 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. He was also fined $10,000 and ordered to pay restitution tolaing $164,522 to 21 victims.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Carl E. Haese
CASE NO. 09-1582 mj
I, the complainant in this case, state that the following is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
On or about the date of 7/11/2008 in the vounty of Dona And in the Stte and District f Ne Mexico, he defendant vio.ated 18 U.S.C. § 1343, an offense described as follows:
From on or about July 11, 2008 to on or about April 9, 2009, the defendant, Carl E. Haese, having devised or intending to devise a scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money and property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmitted or caused to be transmitted wire communications in interstate or foreign commerce for the purpose of executing the same scheme or artifice.
This criminal complaint is based on these facts:
Carl E. Haese ("Haese") - owner and operator of The Haese Clinic ofvIntegrative Medicine, 532 North Telshor Boulevard, Suite G, Las Cruces, New Mexico ("the Haese Clinic") - is involved in a conspiracy and scheme to defraud patients and obtain money by falsely representing to patients that he has cured 100% of the 3,000 people he claims to have treated for Lyme Disease. On or about July 11,2008 to, on or about April 9, 2009, Haese has purported to diagnose Lyme disease in his patients by using the Bradford Variable Projection High Resolution Microscope ("the Bradford Microscope"). Haese claims to treat Lyme Disease in his patients with an intravenous cocktail containing Dioxychlor and Sulfoxime. The Bradford Microscope is a medical device that is not'listed or recognized by the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") as a means to diagnose Lyme Disease. Similarly, neither Dioxychlor nor Sulfoxime are approved by the FDA to treat Lyme Disease, or any other disease. In January, 2009, two patients infonned me that they paid Haese - using credit cards - in excess of $5000.00 for this Lyme Disease treatment. The credit card transactions were transmitted by means of wire communication and interstate commerce.
On April 9, 2009, FDA-Office of Criminal Investigations and the Las Cruces Police Department executed a federal search warrant at the Haese Clinic. The search warrant yielded a Bradford Microscope, patient files, Dioxychlor, and Sulfoxime. A review of the patient files recovered from the Haese Clinic indicated that numerous Haese Clinic patients had been diagnosed and treated for Lyme Disease in the aforementioned manner.
On May 5 and 7, 2009, I interviewed two additional patients of Haese ("Patient #3" and "Patient #4 "). Patient #3 and Patient #4 were identified from the patient files that were recovered during execution of the search warrant. Both of these patients told me that Haese examined their blood under the Bradford Microscope and confirmed they had Lyme Disease.
Haese prescribed Patient #3 and Patient #4 a series of N applications. Patient #3 told me that the treatments made her extremely ill and were unsuccessful in treating the disease. Patient #3 paid for the treatment by presenting a Visa credit card as payment in the amount of $5,100. That credit card transaction was transmitted by means of wire communication and interstate commerce.
Patient #4 told me that Haese advertised he had successfully treated and cured over 3,000 patients with Lyme disease by using the aforementioned diagnosis and treatment methods. Furthermore, Haese told Patient #4 that Lyme Disease is contagious and recommended her spouse be tested for Lyme Disease. Patient #4's spouse followed the recommendation of Haese and agreed to be tested for Lyme Disease by Haese. Patient #4 advised the Lyme Disease treatments were unsuccessful in treating the disease. Patient #4 and her spouse were charged approximately $10,000 for both treatments. Patient #4 paid for the treatments via Elan Financial Services credit card. That credit card transaction was transmitted by means of wire communication and interstate commerce.
Special Agent - FDI - OCI
Karen B. Molzen
United States Magistrate Judge
This page was revised on May 29, 2016.