The FBI has arrested a man in southern California who claimed to have invented a remedy for coronavirus.
In a number of posts on his Instagram account which lists 2.four million followers, Keith Middlebrook alleged he had invented a tablet to forestall folks contracting COVID-19 and deal with these already affected by the coronavirus.
“Yes I have Developed the Cure for the CoronaVirus COVID-19,” the 53-year-old wrote in a single put up.
“After 6 Weeks of Intense Focus and Development (and very little sleep). I am currently going into Mass Production.”
In one other he added: “This pill I have designed makes anyone completely IMMUNE to the Virus COVID-19 disease coronavirus.”
In a video that has been watched greater than 450,000 occasions, he claimed: “Yes I created the cure that shuts down the COVID-19, that makes the cells from the coronavirus detach, release and die within 48 hours.”
He was detained whereas delivering drugs to an secret agent, in keeping with US media reviews.
In a bid to lure traders in his firm Quantum Prevention CV Inc with guarantees of massive income, he additionally claimed to have Earvin “Magic” Johnson on his board – who investigators confirmed had no involvement.
Middlebrook was arrested on Wednesday on a federal grievance of wire fraud, which carries a penalty of as much as 20 years in jail if convicted.
US Attorney General William Barr this warned: “The pandemic is dangerous enough without wrongdoers seeking to profit from public panic and this sort of conduct cannot be tolerated.”
False claims concerning the coronavirus and bogus cures have circulated on social media, typically attracting tons of of shares.
There is at the moment no vaccine for the coronavirus, and medical specialists worldwide have mentioned one of the best ways to forestall getting contaminated with the illness is to keep away from being uncovered to it.
Last week, US customs officers in Los Angeles intercepted a bundle containing 60 fake kits labelled “Anti-Pathogenic treatment” which had been despatched from the UK.