A Florida father and his three sons were accused in federal court of selling tens of thousands of bottles of bleach that were marketed as a “miracle cure” for coronavirus and other illnesses, authorities said Friday.
Mark Grenon and his sons Jonathan, Jordan and Joseph Grenon were accused of fraud and violating civil court orders instructing them to stop selling the fake cure, which they promoted as “Miracle Mineral Solution,” or MMS, according to documents filed in Florida’s southern district.
According to court documents, the family manufactured the solution in a backyard shed in Bradenton, about 45 miles south of Tampa. Through what the documents describe as an “avowedly” non-religious church called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, the solution was marketed and sold as a cure-all for cancer, autism, diabetes and other disorders and diseases.
The documents say that the family saw a massive jump in revenue — from an average of $32,000 per month to $123,000 — after they began marketing the solution last March as a Covid-19 cure.
The family has sold more than 28,000 bottles, earning more than $1 million, the documents say.
The Food and Drug Administration has warned people not to ingest the potentially deadly chlorine dioxide solution, which is typically used for industrial water treatment.