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Utah man indicted for selling fake COVID cure, posing as doctor

Coronavirus / COVID-19
Posted at 3:24 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-29 17:28:59-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was indicted for promoting and selling ingestible silver-based products as a cure for COVID-19 despite having any evidence the products could treat or prevent the disease.

The indictment alleges that at the beginning of 2020, Gordon H. Pederson falsely presented himself as a medical professional to promote and sell silver-based products as a cure-all for the disease.

Pederson is also alleged to have worn a lab coat and stethoscope on videos online, claiming to be a physician, even though he doesn't have a medical degree and is not licensed as a medical provider in the State of Utah.

The federal government shut down the two companies Pederson was involved with, "My Doctor Suggests LLC" and "GP Silver LLC" at the end of April.

"My Doctor Suggests LLC," has agreed to plead guilty to one count of criminal information related to the false claims that silver products can be used as a drug treatment against COVID-19.

The company also allegedly operated without properly registering with the Food and Drug Administration.

As part of global resolution, "My Doctor Suggests" will have to clearly disavow their statements that silver products can prevent COVID-19, stop falsely labeling products and issue refunds to customers who were impacted.