Some people are willing to go to any extent just for the sake of earning extra cash. This Flordia family is now facing jail time for duping innocent people and in the name of curing the coronavirus, they were selling a fake bleach product and earning millions in return.
A Florida dad and his three sons are facing fraud charges after selling $1 million of industrial-grade bleach as a magic 'coronavirus cure.'
A grand jury in Miami has returned an indictment charging Mark Grenon, 62, and sons Jonathan, 34, Joseph 32, and Jordan 26, with conspiracy to commit fraud as well as two counts each of criminal contempt.
If convicted the men will face a lifetime in jail.
Reportedly the dad is the archbishop of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, in Bradenton, Florida. As per the criminal charges, the Grenon family 'manufactured, promoted, and sold a product they named Miracle Mineral Solution ("MMS")'.
It went on: "MMS is a chemical solution containing sodium chlorite and water which, when ingested orally, became chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleach typically used for industrial water treatment or bleaching textiles, pulp, and paper."
The men claimed that their magic potion could cure all ailments, illnesses, cancer, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and even coronavirus.
The FDA has clearly wanted people against ingesting any kind of so-called miracle solution to cure the virus.
The authorities warned that drinking the chlorine dioxide solution could bring on a host of severe reactions, including 'nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration.'
The statement went on to say: "The FDA has received reports of consumers who have suffered from severe vomiting, severe diarrhoea, life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration, and acute liver failure after drinking these products."
An official statement suggests that the men had sold thousands of bottles of this miracle drink through the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing.
Official Court documents claim the fraud family were making around $32,000 a month and were selling this fake product long before the pandemic arrived in the US but after the covid crisis, they saw their orders soar and were earning as much as $132,000 a month.
Prosecutors reveal that the family earned around $1 million from their fraud scheme.
Prosecutors also claim Genesis II Church of Health and Healing was created for the purpose of this fraud so that it could regulate this fake drink and it was not really a religious church.
They say Grenon has 'repeatedly acknowledged that Genesis has nothing to do with religion,' and that he founded Genesis to 'legalise the use of MMS and avoid going to jail'.
Police officials conducted a raid on the Bradenton property and removed dozens of chemical drums, 10,00lbs of sodium nitrate and thousands of bottles of MMS.