After Guilty Plea In COVID-19 Scam, Utah Firm Will Cooperate In Prosecution Of Former Owner
Gordon Pedersen was indicted on criminal charges linked to posing as a physician to fraudulently promote and sell ingestible silver-based products as a cure for COVID-19 despite having no evidence his products could treat or cure the disease.
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