Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, an Instagram weightlifter and self-described "genius entrepreneur", was arrested in the Los Angeles area yesterday for allegedly using a wrong cure for Covid-1
Middlebrook was arrested while delivering tablets to a covert FBI agent who claimed to be a potential investor. This is the result of a press release from the Ministry of Justice, which was published online late Wednesday . Middlebrook allegedly claimed to have developed a "patent pending cure" for Covid-19, but federal health officials such as the FDA have repeatedly warned that there is no cure for the disease.
53-year-old Middlebrook reportedly requested investor donations for a company called Quantum Prevention CV Inc. (QP20), and he even told people that retired basketball star Magic Johnson was on the company's board of directors would be. Johnson told the government that he had no knowledge of Middlebrook's company.
From the DOJ press release:
According to Middlebrook, QP20 would mass-produce the pills it claimed to prevent COVID-19. Upon receipt of the investor funds, Middlebrook would issue shares in both QP20 and Quantum Cure CV 2020 (QC20). Another alleged company, Middlebrook, would market the serum, which could cure COVID-19 patients in two to three days, the complaint said. ] In communication with a cooperating witness, Middlebrook said: "I developed the cure for the Corona Virus COVID-19 … * The LA patient who tested positive for Corona Virus got up 51 hours after my injection and went out," it says in the affidavit. In the same text message, Middlebrook also wrote: "Investors who get on the ground say that $ 1 million would bail out with $ 200 million – $ 300 million … conservative minimum."
Middlebrook also posted his claims on Instagram and last week wrote according to DOJ:
Yes, I developed the cure for the Corona Virus COVID-19. After 6 weeks of intense concentration and development (and very little sleep). I'm currently going into mass production. … CDC, WHO and Mainstream Media have created a pandemonium environment. To answer this (just because that's what I do), I developed a Corona Virus prevention pill. “(After 3 days of ingestion, the person is immune to the virus and remains immune as long as they take it in the morning once a day.) And also the COVID-19 Formula Vaccine Cure to satisfy overall physiological and physiological needs.
This Instagram post appears to have been deleted since last night, but has been viewed over 633,000 times by the FBI.
Middlebrook, who has claimed on social media that he has net worth of $ 30 million is charged with a number of wire fraud cases that result in a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.  In an Instagram post dated March 15, Middlebrook wrote that it "would reveal, like the mainstream media, to distort and beautify the corona virus," and reiterated the claims of right-wing extremist media such as Fox News , the federalist and even President Do. nald Trump that the Covid-19 pandemic was overrated. According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker, at least 491,623 people worldwide have been infected and 22,169 have died.
Middlebrook's Instagram biography really says it all :
Real Iron Man, Genius Entrepreneur, Inventor: COVID19 Immunity & Coronavirus Cure, Speaker, 800 Scores Business Real Estate, Actor, Reverse Aging Inc.  Middlebrook appears to have been an early supporter of Donald Trump as president and was retweeted at least four times in 2015 by the future would-be authoritarian. Middlebrook's Twitter account currently appears to be blocked for an unknown reason .
In true Trump supporter form, Middlebrook claimed in an Instagram post that he had sued the federal government for $ 1 billion in damages. It is not clear whether such a lawsuit was actually filed.
"It is a special opportunistic cruelty to benefit from the fear and helplessness of others," said Paul Delacourt, deputy director of the FBI's Los Angeles office, said in a statement. "While the country is responding to the current crisis and many are losing a loved one or losing their livelihoods, the last thing Americans need is fraudsters who sell miracle drugs that they know are not being tested, guaranteed, or approved. "  "The FBI uses a variety of tools to identify anyone who is exploiting the current crisis through investment fraud or a variety of cyber programs," Delacourt continued. "And proactively warns investors to thoroughly investigate any seller or product that claims to save lives before losing their money or creating false hope."
This may be the first arrest related to a Covid 19 cure, but probably not the last. Throughout history, people have tried to benefit from disasters through miracle cures and empty promises. And our current crisis will cause shady people to take advantage of people's pain and suffering through unimaginable greed.