Florida 'church' leader accused of selling toxic bleach marketed as COVID-19 'miracle cure'
Published Tuesday, April 27, 2021 9:08AM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, April 27, 2021 9:18AM EDT
BRADENTON, FLORIDA -- A Florida man and his three sons have been indicted on federal charges alleging they sold tens of thousands of bottles of bleach that were marketed as a "miracle cure" for COVID-19.
Mark Grenon, Jonathan Grenon, Jordan Grenon and Joseph Grenon, are accused of fraud and violating court orders mandating that they stop selling the fake cure.
Federal prosecutors said the men were fraudulently marketing and selling “Miracle Mineral Solution,” a toxic industrial bleach, as a cure for COVID-19, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, autism, malaria, hepatitis, Parkinson’s disease, herpes, HIV/AIDS and other serious medical conditions.
Investigators said the Grenons were manufacturing Miracle Mineral Solution in a shed in Jonathan Grenon’s backyard in Bradenton.
The indictment alleges that before marketing Miracle Mineral Solution as a cure for COVID-19, the Grenons marketed Miracle Mineral Solution as a miracle cure-all for dozens of other serious diseases and disorders, even though the Food and Drug Administration had not approved Miracle Mineral Solution for any use.
Federal investigators said the Grenons sold tens of thousands of bottles of Miracle Mineral Solution nationwide.
Prosecutors said they sold the product under the guise of Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, an entity they are accused of creating to avoid government regulation of Miracle Mineral Solution and shield themselves from prosecution.
According to charging documents, Genesis’ own websites describe Genesis as a “non-religious church,” and Mark Grenon, the co-founder of Genesis, has repeatedly acknowledged that Genesis “has nothing to do with religion,” and that he founded Genesis to “legalize the use of MMS” and avoid “going to jail.”
The church website stated that Miracle Mineral Solution could be acquired only through a “donation” to Genesis, but the donation amounts for Miracle Mineral Solution orders were set at specific dollar amounts, and were mandatory, such that the donation amounts were effectively just sales prices, prosecutors said.
The indictment alleges that the Grenons received more than $1 million from selling Miracle Mineral Solution.