The Food and Drug Administration raided an Owasso business, claiming the business owner is giving cancer patients false hope by telling them she can cure them with laser treatments.
Agents with the FDA served a search warrant at Lase Med, Inc. this month, after a two-year-long investigation.
Antonella Carpenter operated a business for a few years in Arkansas, where she lost a $2.5 million lawsuit for fraud. Then she moved to Broken Arrow, which is when we ran our first story, in which we discovered she wasn't licensed to practice medicine in Oklahoma.
She just moved her office to Owasso in April and was raided by federal agents a couple of weeks ago.
Carpenter and her Lase Med business has been the target of an investigation by the FDA that involved undercover agents posing as cancer patients' relatives and as cancer patients.
Agents say Carpenter uses a saline solution mixed with black walnut green hull extract and gives it to cancer patients, either topically or intravenously.
They say she also uses lasers to heat the infected area, which she claims kills the cells in the tumor.
They say she claims both are FDA approved, when in fact, neither one is.
The investigation began after a man complained, saying Carpenter told him his throat cancer would be cured with three treatments, but it continued to grow.
When agents visited the clinic, pretending to have an aunt with cancer, they say Carpenter told them, "Every patient that leaves here has got a dead tumor. It cannot survive."
As we reported last year, Carpenter lost a $2 million lawsuit in Arkansas for fraud and negligence, after a California woman spent more than $6,000 on treatments.
Not a penny of that judgment has been paid.
There is a petition on the Lase Med website, asking people to demand the FDA return Carpenter's confiscated lasers.
The business card of the agent who conducted the search is also posted, accusing, "FDA medical mafia goons," of raiding and pillaging the clinic.
Carpenter is not licensed to practice medicine in Oklahoma.
Running a laser does not require a license.
Agents say Carpenter told them she is not a physician, but a physicist.
She claims the established medical field is trying to shut her down, because her treatment works without drugs, cutting, or radiation.
She has testimonials posted from people she says are satisfied customers.
Once the FDA investigation is over, it could refer the case to the U.S. Attorney for criminal charges or civil penalties.
Carpenter did not return our request for an interview or response Tuesday.