Keith Lawrence Middlebrook is the California man accused of attempting to scam investors of millions of dollars by claiming he had created a drug that could cure the coronavirus and prevent others from becoming infected.
Middlebrook was arrested on March 25, 2020, and booked into a federal detention facility in Los Angeles, according to inmate records. Justice Department prosecutors have charged Middlebrook with attempted wire fraud. The felony count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison if convicted.
Middlebrook, who refers to himself on social media as “The Real Iron Man,” boasted about the bogus medical development on his accounts. The bio section on his Instagram account includes the title, “Inventor: COVID19 Immunity & Coronavirus Cure” as well as “Genius Entrepreneur.”
Here’s what you need to know.
1. FBI: Keith Middlebrook Claimed President Trump Supported His So-Called Coronavirus Cure & That Investors Would Earn Tens of Millions of Dollars
Keith Lawrence Middlebrook
Keith Middlebrook promoted his so-called immunity treatment and cure for COVID-19 on his social media pages and on his YouTube channel. On March 22, he published a video in which he claimed to have developed an injection that “shuts down the COVID-19” within 48 hours of receiving it. Middlebrook said it took him “about six weeks and two decades of studying. I’m more than qualified. Cell tissue and chemical biology for over two decades.”
Middlebrook also claimed he had personally created a pill that could make people immune to the coronavirus. He said the pill took seven weeks to develop and that he was able to do it because he “thinks outside the box.” Middlebrook said he was taking the pill daily himself.
On March 25, he even claimed that he had begun mass producing the drug. He tagged President Trump, Kim Kardashian, Oprah, and Fox News host Sean Hannity in a tweet announcing the news.
Central District of California
Middlebrook reached out to potential investors between March 13 and 24, according to the FBI. He faces a federal charge because the emails were sent across state lines.
The criminal affidavit, which can be read in full here, explains Middlebrook told people he had set up a company called Quantum Prevention CV Inc to create the coronavirus cure. He claimed the business was incorporated in Nevada, but investigators said no such company exists. …read more