Sun Sets On California Firm: FTC Pandemic Fraud Complaint Follows Criminal Indictment
Golden Sunrise business owner Huu Tieu marketed a package of herbal mixtures branded “Emergency D-Virus Plan of Care” with claims to treat COVID-19, says FTC complaint. Tieu was indicted on criminal charges two weeks before FTC filed complaint.
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