As reported by Fox News, The Department of Justice announced the arrest of Keith Lawrence Middlebrook for allegedly accepting money from an investor for access to a cure for COVID-19 that did not exist.
The investor turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Middlebrook was not keeping the promotion of his “cure” a secret. Middlebrook posted a video on Instagram to over 2 million followers, that he consumers the cure for COVID-19 and did not have any fear of being infected. He offered to hug a person who had tested positive and even take them out to dinner. Middlebrook bragged about going into the Staples Center without any concerns because he took his miraculous medication everyday.
Middlebrook claimed to possess both pill and injectable versions of the coronavirus cure that Quantum Prevention CV Inc. was producing.
Fox News covered the scam in an article this week.
“During these difficult days, scams like this are using blatant lies to prey upon our fears and weaknesses,” said United States Attorney Nick Hanna. “While this may be the first federal criminal case in the nation stemming from the pandemic, it certainly will not be the last.”
The department said he also claimed that NBA Hall of Famer and former Los Angeles Lakers great Earvin “Magic” Johnson was a board member of the company, Quantum Prevention CV Inc.
On his Instagram — which has 2.4 million followers, — Middlebrook posted several videos claiming to have developed a cure for COVID-19 and a pill that makes you immune to the virus, the affidavit said.
“Yes, I have created the pill that makes you IMMUNE to COVID-19!,” Middlebrook allegedly wrote in one post. “This pill I have designed makes anyone completely IMMUNE to the Virus COVID-19 disease coronavirus. * NOTE: All Haters and Ignorant comments are Deleted and Blocked as Fast as they post.”
He was charged by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles with one count of attempted wire fraud, which carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Although Middlebrook allegedly bragged about collecting investors that were pledging millions of dollars, Middlebrook was arrested for offering an undercover agent exclusive access to the “cure” for COVID-19 if $9,999 was wired to Middlebrook’s bank account.