Florida Family Charged With Selling Bleach as Miracle COVID-19 Cure

A Florida man and his three sons stand accused of selling tens of thousands of bottles of bleach upon marketing it as “miracle cure” for coronavirus and other illnesses, authorities said. 

The man, Mark Grenon, and his sons, Jonathan, Jordan and Joseph Grenon, were accused of fraud and violating civil court orders instructing them to stop selling bleach, which they marketed as “Miracle Mineral Solution,” or MMS, according to court documents filed on Friday in Florida’s southern district. 

The Food and Drug Administration warned people not to ingest this chlorine dioxide solution as its potentially lethal and typically used for industrial water treatment. 

Court documents filed in the civil case allege that Mark Grenon referred to the 2nd Amendment and threatened a federal judge over a court order prohibiting the sale of MMS on a podcast he co-hosted last year. Grenon accused the judge of committing “treason.” 

“Do they want a Waco?” He allegedly asked, referring to the 1933 massacre in Texas that left 76 people dead. 

According to court documents, the family produced the solution in a backyard shed in Bradenton, about 45 miles south of Tampa. It was then sold through an “avowedly” nonreligious church called Genesis II Church of Health and Healing, which helped market the solution as a cure-all for cancer, autism, diabetes and other disorders and diseases. 

The documents say that the family earned massive amounts of revenue — from earning an average of $32,000 a month to $123,000 — after they began marketing the mixture as a cure for COVID-19 in March 2020. Prior to the raid on the Bradenton property, the family earned more than $1 million after selling over 28,000 bottles. 

During the raid of the shed in Bradenton, authorities found dozens of chemical drums, 10,000 pounds of sodium nitrate and thousands of bottles of the solution, the U.S. attorney’s office for southern Florida confirmed in a press release. 

Grenon’s two sons, Jonathan and Jordan, were arrested and are scheduled to be arraigned Monday. 

The press release revealed that Mark and Joseph Grenon are hiding out in Colombia, but did not give further details as to their whereabouts. 

It remains unclear if the family has an attorney, as court records do not list one. 

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