New York's Attorney General Letitia James sent a cease-and-desist order to televangelist Jim Bakker, ordering him to stop promoting an alleged cure for coronavirus, reported ABC News.
In early February, on the "The Jim Bakker Show," guest Sherrill Sellman claimed that "Silver Solution" is a remedy for the deadly coronavirus, that at the time, was spreading across China. Here's a snippet of the broadcast:
Jim Bakker is standing by the claims he has made about the silver solution he sells ... and he's willing to sell you a case of it for just $300. pic.twitter.com/sXKxC54kvM— Right Wing Watch (@RightWingWatch) March 2, 2020
When Sellman was asked if the coronavirus elixir would cure Covid-19, she replied, "Let's say it hasn't been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it's been tested on other strains of the coronavirus, and it has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours."
Since the broadcast, Bakker has been selling "Silver Solution" on his website for $300 for a pack of 12.
"Your show's segment may mislead consumers as to the effectiveness of the Silver Solution product in protecting against the current outbreak," the cease-and-desist order said. "Any representation on the Jim Bakker Show that its Silver Solution products are effective at combating and/or treating the 2019 novel coronavirus violates New York law."
James' office asked Bakker to add a disclaimer on all Silver Solution products of how the FDA has not evaluated the product's effectiveness against the virus.
"In addition to being mindful about our health, we must also beware of unscrupulous actors who attempt to take advantage of this fear and anxiety to scam or deceive consumers," James said in a statement.
Dr. Peter Lurie, president of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, told Inside Edition that Bakker's Silver Solution is nothing more than snake oil.
"It's an absolute outrage that they're pushing this product. There's no proof about its effectiveness," Lurie said. "Stay away from the product. All you're doing is wasting your money!"
Lurie has been petitioning the FDA and FTC to take action against Bakker "to halt this fraud on the public."
Back in 2018, Bakker was pumping an imminent apocalypse, selling boatloads of doomsday prepper food kits.
Capitalizing on fear is big business for Bakker as it appears his followers now have a 'magic coronavirus cure' and doomsday prepper food kits for the virus crisis sweeping across America that could soon be labeled a pandemic.