doctor sentenced for selling fake COVID cure

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SAN DIEGO — A San Diego doctor was sentenced on Friday to 30 days in police custody and a year in house arrest for attempting to smuggle hydroxychloroquine into the United States and sell “drug kits.” treatment” COVID-19 at the start of the pandemic.

According to US Justice Department officials, Jennings Ryan Staley tried to sell what he described as a ‘medical cure’ for coronavirus, which was actually hydroxychloroquine powder the doctor had imported from China by incorrectly labeling the shipping container as “yam”. extract.” Staley had also attempted to replicate this process with another seller at one point, but the importer told the San Diego doctor he “has to do it legally.”

Following the arrival of his shipment of hydroxychloroquine powder, Staley approached investors to help fund his operation to sell the filled capsules as a “medical remedy” for COVID-19. The SoCal doctor told potential investors he could triple their money in 90 days.

Staley also told investigators via his plea deal that he wrote fake prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine, using his associate’s name and personal information without the employee’s consent or knowledge.

During an undercover operation, an agent bought six of Staley’s “treatment kits” for $4,000 and, in a recorded phone call, the doctor bragged about the effectiveness of the kits and said, “I received the last tank from . . . hydroxychloroquine, smuggled out of China.

When confronted by law enforcement, Staley denied claiming the kits were a “one hundred percent effective cure” for COVID-19 and said he would not knowingly give a prescription without receiving the appropriate details on the destination of the drug. Just a week earlier, officials say, Staley had delivered a “family pack” of hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, generic Viagra and other drugs to the undercover officer without any family information. the agent is exchanged.

In addition to the 30 days in custody and a year in house arrest ordered by U.S. District Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel, Staley was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and waive the $4,000. handed over by the undercover officer. The San Diego doctor also had to give up more than 4,500 medication pills.

“At the height of the pandemic, before vaccines were available, this doctor sought to take advantage of patient fears,” said U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman. “He abused his position of trust and undermined the integrity of the entire medical profession. We are committed to upholding United States laws and protecting patients, including prosecuting physicians who choose to commit crimes. Grossman commended the prosecution team and federal agents from the FBI and FDA-OCI, who worked hard to achieve justice in this case. He also praised US Customs and Border Protection for their help in the investigation.

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