Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 53, who peddled his bogus cure on social media to his 2.5 million followers on Instagram has been charged with one count of attempted wire fraud and felony offence that carries a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
Middlebrook, who also claimed former NBA star, Earvin “Magic” Johnson was a member of his company's board of directors was seeking investors for his fraudulent cure. Johnson has told authorities he does not know Middlebrook.
In a text to a would be investor who is actually an FBI mole, Middlebrook wrote: “I have Developed the Cure for the CoronaVirus COVID-19…, LA Patient tested positive for CoronaVirus got up and walked out 51 hours after my Injection.’’
In the same text message, cited by federal authorities, Middlebrook allegedly wrote, “Investors who come in at ground level say $1M will parachute with $200M - $300M…Conservative Minimum.”
Middlebrook was arrested during a scheduled meeting to deliver some of pills to an undercover agent who was posing as an investor.