US man, sons charged with selling toxic chemical as COVID-19 'cure' to thousands
The three men allegedly manufactured, promoted and sold "Miracle Mineral Solution" -- a chemical solution containing sodium chlorite and water -- as a "cure" for COVID-19 to tens of thousands of people, according to the criminal complaint affidavit.
Three months after US President Donald Trump made a controversial statement suggesting to ingest disinfectants as a treatment for coronavirus, a man and his three sons in the country's Florida state are facing criminal charges for allegedly selling a toxic solution to tens of thousands of people as a "cure" for COVID-19.
Mark Grenon, 62, and his sons allegedly manufactured, promoted and sold "Miracle Mineral Solution" -- a chemical solution containing sodium chlorite and water, according to the criminal complaint affidavit.
The men sold the toxic bleach under the guise of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, an entity they allegedly created in an attempt to avoid government regulation, the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida said in a statement, CNN reported.
They've been charged with criminal contempt, conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to violate the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act for their alleged actions, the US Attorney's Office said.
New cases of COVID-19 rose by over 69,000 across the United States on Friday, setting a record for the third consecutive day.
Florida remains one of the worst hotspots for the virus in the nation and is among a handful of states where deaths are rising, based on a Reuters analysis of fatalities in the last two weeks, compared with the prior two weeks.
On Thursday, the state reported a record 120 deaths and added another 92 on Friday. It recorded 11,433 new coronavirus cases on Friday, just short of the state's record, and nearly 7,000 hospitalizations.
The number of confirmed US infections has surpassed 3 million, stoking fears that hospitals will be overwhelmed.
Nearly 134,000 Americans have died, a toll that experts warn will likely surge along with the rise in cases.