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Man convicted of injecting people with fake COVID-19 vaccine


A Washington man who was selling his fake COVID-19 vaccine in at least five states, selling shots for up to $1,000 each, was sentenced Tuesday.

Johnny Stine, 57, received five years of probation and was ordered to pay $246,986 in restitution after pleading guilty in August to introducing mislabeled drugs into interstate commerce, the Justice Department announced.

“This was not just a COVID-related scheme. Between 2018 and 2020, Mr. Stine made more than $200,000 selling cancer patients his ‘vaccines’ that he said would cure his disease,” US Attorney Nick Brown said in a statement.

“He really took advantage of those who were desperate for any glimmer of hope, injecting people with unapproved substances developed in his rented garage, with no guarantee of safety or purity.”

As early as March 2, 2020, Stine began offering his homemade vaccine online, selling the shots for between $400 and $1,000, according to prosecutors. During an undercover sting operation, she told an agent that she had developed a vaccine that targeted cancerous tumors and then used a similar procedure to pass on COVID.

Despite multiple warnings from the Washington state attorney general, Stine continued to offer his vaccine, including in August 2020 when he traveled to Idaho to inject an undercover agent.

Stine was arrested in January 2021.

“Mr. Stine is dangerously arrogant or overwhelmingly greedy, or both,” prosecutors wrote.

“Time and time again, he placed his misguided trust and self-interest above the well-being of people whose health he jeopardized by providing unapproved and most likely ineffective medical treatment; medical treatment that discouraged them from seeking truly effective treatment and/or from acting in a way that would protect them from infection.”



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