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Federal charges levied against COVID "vaccine" peddler

Posted 22 January 2021 | By Kari Oakes 

Federal charges levied against COVID

Federal criminal charges have been filed against a man previously warned by the FDA for peddling unproven and unauthorized “vaccines” against COVID-19.
 
Johnny Stine, president of Oregon-based North Coast Biologics, previously received a May 2020 warning letter jointly issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). In the letter, the agencies ordered him to cease “misrepresentations” made on Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as the firm’s website.
 
That May warning letter was preceded by a 23 April “cease and desist” letter from Washington’s Attorney General, Bob Ferguson. Noting that he had directed an investigator to review Facebook posts made by Stine, Ferguson wrote that the investigator found that Stine was “making false or unsupported claims about your so-called “vaccine” that may mislead consumers during the public health emergency related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
 
Focus previously reported that Stine, in April 2020, commented on Facebook that “I’m VACCINATING people with the nCoV19 spike protein…the recipient begins making antibodies to the spike protein which is also saying that they will be protected from infection.” (RELATED: FDA warns Seattle-based company for marketing COVID-19 vaccine, Regulatory Focus 22 May 2020)
 
 


FDA reported that the criminal investigation found that “in a variety of online postings from as early as March 2020, the defendant, Johnny T. Stine, claimed to have a COVID-19 vaccine that he offered to inject in customers for $400-$1000 each.”
 
The Department of Justice issued a press release detailing Stine’s activities and noting that “[r]ather than be deterred,” the cease and desist letter and the warning letter increased demand for his preparation, which he was at that point calling an “immunogen” rather than a vaccine.
 
In June 2020, Stine signed a consent degree with the Washington State Attorney General agreeing not to sell or promote the preparation in question. However, undercover investigations were ongoing, and Stine agreed to travel to Idaho to “vaccinate” an undercover agent, according to the complaint. There, law enforcement officials met him and confiscated his potions.
 
A search warrant also permitted agents to search Stine’s Redmond, OR warehouse, discovering an entirely separate scheme of injecting cancer patients with an untested preparation Stine was also calling a vaccine.
 
“Unproven injectable vaccines purported to prevent or treat COVID-19, made from unknown substances under unknown conditions, present significant health risks in and of themselves. They also can lead consumers to make lifestyle choices that increase their actual risk of infection with COVID-19, or to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment,” said Special Agent in Charge Lisa L. Malinowski of the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations’ Los Angeles field office, in a statement announcing the criminal complaint. “The FDA will continue to investigate fraudulent COVID-19 treatments and bring to justice those who try to profit from the pandemic by offering unproven and illegally marketed coronavirus products.”
 
According to the Department of Justice announcement, the crimes of which Stine stands accused are federal misdemeanors and punishable by no more than one year in prison.
 
Department of Justice
 
Michael Mezher previously contributed reporting to this article.
 
 
 

Tags: coronavirus, FDA, US

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