Florida man who sold Trump on ‘miracle’ COVID bleach treatment to stand trial
In August 2020, a Florida man and his son were arrested in Colombia after fleeing as US federal investigators alleged the couple used a fake church as a cover to sell industrial bleach as a ‘miracle cure’. against COVID-19.
Mark Grenon, the 64-year-old who ran Genesis II Church of Health & Healing and claimed to be Donald Trump’s source fixing bleach, has spent the past two years in prison in the South American country with her 34-year-old son, Joseph. Grenon’s two other sons, Jonathan, 36, and Jordan, 28, who were arrested at the same time on US soil, remain incarcerated at the Miami Federal Detention Center pending trial on September 12.
The wheels of justice are turning slowly, but in this case, at least they are turning. According a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, the elder Grenon made his first appearance in federal court on Thursday, July 28. He waived legal representation, according to court documents. No attorney is on file.
According to a charge filed last year, the Grenons manufactured, promoted and sold a product they called “Miracle Mineral Solution” (MMS), a chemical solution containing sodium chlorite and water that, if ingested orally , bECOMES chlorine dioxide, a toxic compound used as an industrial disinfectant. Even before the pandemic descended, the Grenons were selling jugs of the substance, claiming it could prevent and cure all sorts of ailments. Prosecutors say the family made more than $1 million in sales.
In fact, the product had killed seven people in the United States as of August 2020, according to a report published in Business Intern.
“If you drink ‘Miracle’ or ‘Master’ mineral solution or other sodium chlorite products, stop now,” reads a 2019 article. US Food and Drug Administration warning. “The FDA has received numerous reports that these products, sold online as ‘treatments,’ have made consumers sick.”
Besides fraudulent marketing, the federal indictment charges the Grenons with criminal contempt, alleging the family continued to sell the product despite a temporary injunction in 2020 to stop distribution. The Grenons also reportedly threatened the federal judge presiding over the civil case and warned that if the government attempted to enforce court orders, the family would “take up arms” and incite “a Waco” – a reference to the 1993 Federal Headquarters on the Branch Davidian religious complex in Waco, Texasduring which 75 people died.
Prosecutors say the Grenons made MMS inside a shed in Jonathan Grenon’s backyard in Bradenton, where officers seized dozens of large barrels filled with nearly 10,000 pounds of gunpowder. sodium chlorite and thousands of bottles of MMS. The government alleges the family operated their ‘miracle cure’ scam under the guise of the church, which the elder Grenon set up in order to circumvent government regulations and insulate the family from prosecution.
Infamous Mark Grenon wrote to then-President Trump in April 2020 touting chlorine dioxide as a “wonderful detox” that can kill most pathogens in the body and cure those infected with COVID-19. Trump afterwards offered on national television that disinfectants could be used as remedies.
Court records show that a number of Grenon family loyalists sent similar conspiracy letters to Miami Chief Judge Cecila M. Altonaga asking her to consider releasing the defendants.
“The Grenons have helped me and millions of others around the world with their sacrament, chlorine dioxide,” reads a December 2021 letter.
“This is not how America is supposed to operate,” read a January 2022 letter. “There is a force at play to stop any early treatment for COVID-19 and that is why they are where they are.”
“Why the heavy hand of justice against these brave people?” questions a letter sent in May.
Mark Grenon’s next scheduled court appearance is set for Tuesday, August 2.