BROOKSVILLE, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Hernando County man is accused of promising a cure to cancer patients from a makeshift medical office in his mobile home, investigators with the sheriff's office said Friday.
Investigators and the Florida Department of Health said the Brooksville, Florida man does not have a license to practice medicine.
"If this worked, there would have been a line 300 miles long of people standing, waiting to get their feet on this machine," said Hernando County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Denise Moloney.
She says Michael Fagan used a machine he called a "high-frequency generator" to target and destroy cancer. An undercover investigator got a first-hand look at the scam.
Investigators said Fagan told the undercover they needed to take herbs "to kill the cancer and eliminate the toxins" in their body. The sheriff's office said Fagan stated he would also add "nutrition" in order to get the body to heal itself.
Fagan told the undercover that the herbs were like a "natural [chemotherapy]" and offered to provide a high level of selenium that would "double the patient's life expectancy and create an additional 23 antibodies," according to the sheriff's office.
Investigators said Fagan told the undercover that the high-frequency generator machine "emanates a frequency to where microbes live."
"It is pitiful what he is doing to their emotions, their family, [and] their finances," said Moloney. "It is a scam."
Fagan was arrested and then bonded out of jail. He was not home when FOX 13 knocked on his door Friday. Several of Fagan's neighbors offered to defend him. Daniel Nelson said Fagan used the generator machine to treat arthritis.
"He is more of a community helper," said Nelson.
A neighbor who identified herself as Dottie Hunter said she buys supplements from him for about $20 per bottle of 30 pills.
"He is helping people who have illnesses with selling them vitamins and things," said Hunter. "Nothing medical."
But deputies say he promised to order blood testing and then read fake results before formulating a plan for his patient.
The Hernando County Sheriff's Office said deputies haven't determined exactly how many patients came to Fagan for the supposed treatment, which was administered from his mobile home on Grizzly Bear Lane. They're also working to figure out how much money Fagan made by selling supplements and treatments to his victims.
In a search of Fagan's home, investigators said they found a pill encapsulator and a digital scale.
Deputies are asking anyone who was treated by him to come forward. The investigation started with a tip to the Hernando County Dept. of Health.