Formerly convicted Collegeville man charged for selling fake canine cancer-curing drugs

John McDevitt
February 05, 2020 - 1:59 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Collegeville man — who previously served time for the 2004 death of his wife — is facing federal charges for allegedly making and selling phony drugs that he claimed could cure cancer in dogs.

U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain charged 70-year-old Jonathan Nyce with selling fraudulent canine cancer-curing drugs to pet owners.

Nyce reportedly used several websites to sell the fake drugs, which he called “Tumexal” and “Naturasone.” He said they would restore cancer-stricken dogs’ “appetite, spirit and energy.”

However, the drugs “were nothing more than a collection of bulk ingredients from various sources,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania said in a statement, “which the defendant blended together himself.”

Nyce allegedly defrauded hundreds of thousands of dollars from pet owners. He also told owners that their dogs could be a part of a clinical trial, but they would have to pay him “large sums of money” first.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the marketing, sale and shipment of these drugs violated the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, because the drugs were not approved by the Food and Drug Administration. In promotional materials, Nyce claimed his company’s “research” was funded, in part, by the FDA.

“As any dog owner will tell you — myself included — pets quickly become part of the family,” McSwain said in a statement. “And when they become sick, caring owners look for hope, often doing everything they can to keep their beloved pets alive and well. The defendant is charged with taking advantage of that nurturing instinct in the worst way possible by defrauding pet owners and giving them false hope.”

Nyce, a former professor and pharmaceutical executive, was also convicted of manslaughter for the 2004 gruesome death of his wife in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. He spent eight years in prison, though he maintains his innocence — and even wrote a book about it.

Nyce is now charged with wire fraud and the shipment of misbranded animal drugs.

If convicted, he could face up to 32 years in prison and a $1.25 million fine.