LOS ANGELES, Calif. — An ex-doctor who was also a minister was sentenced today to 14 years in federal prison for selling a “brown sludge” made of suntan lotion and beef flavoring as a miracle cancer cure to patients across the country, via ads on a religious TV network and her Mission Hills clinic.

Christine Daniel, 58, of Santa Clarita, who operated a clinic under such names as the Sonrise Wellness Center, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert J. Timlin, who remanded Daniel into custody following the four-hour hearing.

In addition to the prison term, Timlin ordered that Daniel forfeit nearly $1.2 million.

A federal jury convicted Daniel in September 2011 of four counts of mail and wire fraud, six counts of tax evasion and one count of witness tampering.

Prosecutors said the former physician and Pentecostal minister fraudulently marketed and collected more than $1 million for a medical treatment that she and her employees claimed could cure many diseases and conditions, including cancer, multiple sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and hepatitis.

Daniel claimed her bogus cancer cure had a success rate of between 60 percent and 80 percent for the most advanced forms of cancer. The evidence showed that a significant percentage of Daniel’s patients died within three to six months after they started taking the bogus cure.

Defense attorney Anne Hwang reminded the court that her client “did not cause the deaths. What she’s convicted of is making false statements.”

According to evidence presented at trial, Daniel’s product did not cure anyone of cancer, nor was it was made from herbs from around the world or blended for an individual patient, as she had promised patients.

Chemical analyses determined that the product contained sunscreen preservative and beef extract flavoring, among other ingredients, none of which could have had any effect on cancer or other diseases, according to expert testimony.

Victims from across the country told Timlin how now-deceased family members were duped by Daniel, who, they said, ordered end-stage cancer victims to stop taking pain medication and instead depend on her pricey home-made potion.

One woman testified that her sister, who had been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, contacted Daniel and was told that chemotherapy would not help. After the victim traveled from her Georgia home to Los Angeles, Daniel told her that the herbal treatment program would shrink her tumors and kill her cancer cells.

For almost five months, the victim and her husband paid Daniel thousands of dollars for the herbal product. After taking the herbal “cure” for four months and within two weeks after Daniel pronounced her to be cancer-free at a party held for patients, the woman died. The cancer had spread from her breasts to her bones and brain.

“She told my sister that she didn’t have cancer — it was all in her mind,” the victim’s sibling told the court. “She said God works through her hands. She gave us false hope.”

Evidence presented during the trial also showed that Daniel used her status as a minister to create a bond of trust with members of the Evangelical Christian community, an affinity that provided her with a market to sell her bogus treatment.

Daniel promoted the product under a variety of names — including “C-Extract,” “the natural treatment” and “the herbal treatment” — through a program televised on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, according to court papers.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Johns said he is haunted by images of Daniel “pumping her noxious brown sludge through a feeding tube” into a child, who was one of her patients.

Depending on the purported level or strength of the herbal product, Daniel would charge her customers up to $4,270 for a one-week supply. She also offered a six-month treatment program for between $120,000 and $150,000.

In a statement to the court, Daniel said clients came to her precisely because they didn’t trust traditional medical care.

“In faith-based churches, there are a lot of people who won’t go to doctors,” she said, and then went on to name the deceased and refute the allegations brought by family members in court.

“They know in their hearts that what they are saying is not correct,” she said, to audible gasps from observers. “They know the truth, and the Lord’s going to deal with this.”