According to federal authorities, comments by the Southern California doctor about the drug’s remarkable capabilities were recorded during a phone call with a concerned father of three, who contacted Staley inquiring how he could protect his family from contracting Covid-19. In reality, the man on the other end of the line was an undercover FBI agent conducting an investigation into possible health care fraud. According to a federal criminal complaint filed and obtained by CNN, the FBI launched an undercover operation and made contact with the doctor in early April after receiving a tip from the public indicating Staley was attempting to sell “Covid-19 Treatment Packs” to the public.
In an advertising email message reviewed by the FBI, Staley’s purported medical package included dosages of hydroxychloroquine, antibacterial drug Azithromycin, antianxiety treatments, intravenous drips, and the use of a medical hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Staley offered to sell the items as a family pack for $3,995, according to the criminal complaint.
During the recorded phone call with an FBI agent posing as a customer, Staley indicated the drug hydroxychloroquine “cures the disease” associated with coronavirus, according to the complaint. Staley also told the agent he had received a tank of hydroxychloroquine that had been smuggled out of China. He said he was able to trick US Customs and Border Protection by listing the material as sweet potato extract, according to the complaint.
At one point, the undercover agent asked Staley, “If I’m hearing you right, if I buy these kits from you, then that’s going to pretty much guarantee that neither my kids, my dad, my wife — any of us — get sick. And if we are, it’s going to cure us, right?”
“Guaranteed,” Staley replied, according to the complaint.
The day after receiving the box of medication, FBI agents overtly visited Staley’s office for an interview but did not indicate they had previously communicated with him as part of their undercover investigation. According to the criminal complaint, the agents asked Staley if he had ever guaranteed his patients that hydroxychloroquine was a cure for Covid-19.
“No, that would be foolish,” Staley said, according to the FBI, adding “We would never say anything like that.”
As part of their investigation, the FBI says they visited Staley’s website, which offered Covid-19 treatment kits for $595. The website apparently has been taken down. It included language stating “a French study cited by Trump showed 70% of the hydroxychloroquine treated patients tested negative for the Covid-19 virus,” according to the complaint.
The criminal complaint notes the drug hydroxychloroquine has received emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration and may be effective in treating those with Covid-19. In the FDA’s March 28 authorization letter, the agency’s chief scientist indicated the drug would be distributed from the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile, and used for treating those who have been hospitalized with Covid-19.
When will they arrest Trump for pushing this “miracle cure”?