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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - An 87-year-old unlicensed physician was sentenced Tuesday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for heading a stem cell scam in Las Vegas that prosecutors said preyed on terminally ill patients and exposed them to risky placenta implant procedures.

During the hearing, Senior U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson labeled Alfred Sapse's actions "abhorrent," federal officials compared Sapse to the obsessive horror story character Dr. Frankenstein, and Sapse protested that his trial and sentencing amounted to a "kangaroo court."........

A jury convicted Sapse in November with former Henderson physician Ralph Conti of multiple conspiracy, mail fraud and wire fraud charges.........

U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden said the two men enlisted chronically ill patients to undergo experimental surgeries and convinced investors that they were using a proprietary method that was especially effective for treatment of multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and the eye disease retinitis pigmentosa.........

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