FBI brokers say they nailed a coronavirus snake oil salesman — a SoCal man who allegedly claimed he had a remedy, and used Magic Johnson‘s title to attempt to snare buyers.
Ya, simply knew this was sure to occur … the FBI arrested Keith Lawrence Middlebrook Wednesday night in an undercover sting. The feds say Middlebrook delivered tablets to an agent posing as a possible investor.
He allegedly claimed to have developed a “patent-pending cure” that will forestall individuals from getting contaminated, and likewise deal with these already affected by COVID-19.
The feds say Middlebrook solicited funds from buyers and promised large earnings from his firm, Quantum Prevention CV. For occasion, the FBI says he instructed a cooperating witness a $1 million funding would flip into $200 to $300 million, conservatively.
He additionally allegedly dropped Magic Johnson’s title to at the very least potential investor … claiming Magic was on his board of administrators. The feds say they checked with Magic, who confirmed he had NO clue about Middlebrook or his “company.”
Attorney General William Barr warned this week, throughout a White House briefing, the feds would come down onerous on anybody preying on fears surrounding the pandemic.
True sufficient, Middlebrook’s been charged with wire fraud, which carries a max sentence of 20 years.