Federal prosecutors laid charges last week against the Texas owners of a website they say fraudulently marketed a cure for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus.
According to prosecutors, the website promised access to World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine kits in exchange for a credit card payment of $4.95. However, at the present time there exists no such vaccine, therefore WHO is not marketing one for sale.
Invoking a Federal law that permits injunctions against individuals in order to prevent further victimization and fraud, the Justice Department requested U.S. District Judge Robert Pitman to order the site to cease operations, which he did via a temporary restraining order enacted last week. The investigation will continue, the department promises.
The charges against this defendant are the first made against individuals allegedly marketing fake cures for coronavirus. The department said it has made finding and prosecuting owners and operators of such sites a priority, as such sites threaten the community by spreading disinformation and confusion.
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