Four members of a Florida family were convicted in a conspiracy that began in 2010 for selling toxic industrial bleach through their online church as a miracle cure for COVID-19 and other physical and mental illnesses.
A federal jury in Miami, Florida, found Mark Grenin, 65, and his sons Jonathan, 37, Joseph, 35, and Jordan, 29, guilty Thursday of conspiracy to defraud the United States and supply misbranded drugs. Charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and delivery of misbranded drugs carry up to five years in prison.
“This entire miracle mineral solution scheme was built on fraud and dishonesty,” prosecutor John Shipley said during his closing arguments.
The Greens, who named their compound Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS), claimed that toxic industrial bleach is a cure for COVID-19, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, autism, malaria, hepatitis, Parkinson’s, herpes, HIV/AIDS and other serious medical conditions. In a press release.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Green’s MMS contains sodium chlorite and water that turns into chlorine dioxide when ingested orally, a powerful bleach used in industrial water treatment or bleaching textiles, pulp and paper.
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According to authorities, the Florida family sold their dangerous product under the guise of the Genesis II Church of Health and Healing. The indictment alleges that the Greenons received more than $1 million from the sale of their products.
Officials say the leaders had the titles “bishop” or “archbishop” but Mark Grennan repeatedly admitted the church had “nothing to do with religion” and was mainly to avoid jail.
In July 2020, a federal judge in Miami ordered the church to stop selling the substance, after receiving reports that people needed to be hospitalized after buying the toxic substance. Gernons continued to sell MMS despite receiving a restraining order.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also warns consumers not to “drink sodium chlorite products such as Miracle Mineral Solution.” The FDA said that drinking the solution “will make you sick” and can cause dangerous side effects, including severe vomiting, diarrhea, and life-threatening low blood pressure.
The indictment further alleges that before marketing MMS as a treatment for COVID-19, the Greenins said the solution was a miracle cure—all for dozens of other serious diseases and disorders, even though the FDA had not approved it.
Jonathan and Jordan Grennan were arrested in Bradenton, Florida. While Mark and Joseph Grennan fled to Colombia, where they were arrested and extradited back to the United States.
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He will be sentenced on October 6.