Coronavirus: Frank Ludlow admits selling fake cures to the US – BBC News

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Frank Ludlow had a real belief his treatment might “take out all viral infections”, the court heard

A guy has pleaded guilty to offering phony coronavirus cure sets to people in France and the United States.
Frank Ludlow, 59, was captured by City of London Police trying to send out dozens of parcels of fake remedies in a post office near his West Sussex home.
Judge William Mousley stated father-of-two Ludlow got in touch with national governments and “made the most of a global crisis”.
Ludlow was provided a suspended 10-month sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court.
American custom officials had obstructed Ludlows phony sets at Los Angeles International Airport, with his “Trinity Covid-19 SARS Antipathogenic Treatment” labels attached, the court was told.

His address was also discovered by the authorities who signaled City of London Police on 23 March.
Hours later, officers went to a post office in Petersfield, Hampshire, to ask for a description of the person who had actually been sending the packages.

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When they robbed Ludlows home in March, authorities seized chemicals and labels

Numerous bundles were taken by City of London Police in March.

Ludlow is still dealing with prosecution in the United States.
US authorities said people who purchased the kits were instructed to “add 18 ounces of water, say a prayer, drink half of the solution, take a probiotic together with bee pollen, and after that consume the remainder of the service”.
Between May 2017 and March 2020, Ludlow offered a connection in Utah in between 300 and 400 of these “treatments” for $50 per kit, a lot of which she distributed, however some of which she offered for as much as $200, an affidavit stated.
Ludlow has actually been charged with one count of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce, a felony offense that brings a maximum sentence of three years in federal jail.

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The court heard while officers were speaking with staff Ludlow walked in with more plans dealt with to France, Shoreham and New York.
Prosecutor Steven Hopper stated: “Mr Ludlow confessed to making the item and had actually been making it for 17 years.
” Despite saying his remedies had actually had not been officially tested, Mr Ludlow informed cops he was confident it got all viral infections.”.
Ludlow “made fancy claims” about wishing to make 1,000 packages a week and he sent out a message to a buddy stating “Thank god for Covid-19″, Mr Hopper included.
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Ludlow confessed 3 medical product offenses but denied fraud charges which were to rest on file, Judge Mousley said.
” You were exposing customers, trying to take and bypass the regulative body advantage of a global crisis” the judge informed him.
Defence lawyer Ben Smitten said Ludlow had hung out in custody and while in lockdown was only allowed out one hour a day.
Speaking after sentencing, Det Ch Supt Clinton Blackburn cautioned crooks were “victimizing peoples worries and stress and anxieties” around coronavirus.
” The packages produced by Ludlow were untried and illegal,” he said.
” They gave incorrect hope to susceptible individuals and their families, offering no medical advantage.”.

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