Seattle (NEXSTAR) – A Washington state official who describes himself as biotech chief executive was arrested last week after prosecutors said he used social media to distribute unverified COVID-19 injectable vaccines on social media. .
Johnny T. Stein, 55, who claims to be the founder and president of a company called North Coast Biologics, faces federal charges of introducing branded drugs into interstate trade.
“Snake oil traders, such as those who endanger consumers, must take this arrest as a stern warning,”
Steen is accused of injecting people with what he claims is a vaccine against COVID-19, which he sells on Facebook for $ 400- $ 1,000 per dose.
“Untested, untested and potentially dangerous – this defendant injected people with an unknown substance, claiming it was a vaccine against COVID-19,” said U.S. attorney Brian T. Moran. “The pursuit of our fears in the midst of this pandemic is unscrupulous. The DOJ continues to investigate and prosecute these fraud cases. “
Detectives from the Food and Drug Administration began tracking Stine’s actions in March 2020 after learning of his activity on social media.
In May, FDA officials sent Stine a warning letter, citing several of his conversations on social media.
In one such exchange on March 21, the FDA said Stine posted on Facebook: “I just vaccinated 12 people in western Seattle tonight. . . Another 12 for vaccination in Burien. . . on the way to Anchorage and PHX. In January 2021, one of the recipients of the “vaccine” was hospitalized with COVID-19, according to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington.
It is unclear how many people Stine injected with his fabrication, which he reclassified as “immunogenic” after the Washington Attorney General sent him a letter of termination and restraint in late April. He reportedly told an undercover agent in April that he had traveled the United States administering the doses, and in August went to Idaho to “vaccinate” an undercover agent.
After officers seized Stine’s “vaccine” in Idaho during a search of the North Coast Biologic research site in Redmond, Washington revealed that it also sells untested treatments to cancer patients.
“The very idea of harassing fearsome people seeking a vaccine against COVID in the midst of a global pandemic is not only despised but also potentially deadly,” Hamer said in a statement. “Equally appalling is the exploitation of vulnerable cancer patients and their families desperate for treatment.”
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