An actor with small roles in films like “Iron Man 2” and “Moneyball” was arrested on federal charges on Wednesday for allegedly claiming to have a cure for the coronavirus.
Keith Middlebrook, 53, was charged wire fraud for falsely claiming his company, Quantum Prevention CV, developed a “patent-pending cure” for coronavirus. Middlebrook’s arrest came after he delivered pills to a federal agent posing as an investor, according to TMZ.
Middlebrook allegedly stated that the pills would cure someone with coronavirus and prevent someone from getting infected.
“I have Developed the Cure for the CoronaVirus COVID-19…*LA Patient tested Positive for CoronaVirus got up and walked out 51 hours after my Injection,” Middlebrook wrote in a text message to one prospective investor, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Investors who come in at ground level say $1M will parachute with $200M – $300M…Conservative Minimum.”
The actor also allegedly told at least one prospective investor that Magic Johnson, 60, was on their board of directors. Johnson reportedly told authorities that he had no knowledge of Middlebrook or his company.
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[Featured image: Keith Middlebrook/Instagram]