February 3rd – A Missouri congressman falsely claimed that stem cells could treat the novel coronavirus and prescribed amniotic fluid that did not contain stem cells.
At present, the congressman has been prosecuted by the U.S. prosecutor for fraud.
Patricia Ashton Derges, 63, is charged with 20 counts, including 8 counts of forged stem cell therapy and telecom fraud, each punishable by up to 2 according to NBC.
50,000 US dollars fine and 20 years in prison. The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Deggis had pleaded guilty and was released after his first appearance in federal court, awaiting judgment.
The grand jury released an indictment on the 1st, saying that Deggis falsely claimed that stem cells could treat the novel coronavirus on local television in April 2020.
Since then, Deggis has also provided so-called “regeneration” treatment for patients who come to the Ozark Valley Medical Clinic, and claimed that the amniotic fluid provided by the clinic contains stem cells, but it is actually stem-free, and patients spend up to $6,500 per milliliter of amniotic fluid.
Timothy Langan, head of the FBI’s Kansas City office, said Deges’s actions were a betrayal of trust in her as a health professional and government official.
Langen said: “Deggis has sworn that as a health care professional, he will not cause any harm to the public.
Now, she uses her position for personal gain, which undermines the trust of the public.