Actor Found Guilty of Wire Fraud for Promoting Bogus COVID-19 Cure

Actor Found Guilty of Wire Fraud for Promoting Bogus COVID-19 Cure

A part-time actor from Huntington Beach, Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, has been found guilty by a jury on Friday, May 10, of 11 counts of wire fraud. The charges stem from Middlebrook’s fraudulent promotion of a cure and treatment for COVID-19 during the early stages of the pandemic. The verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Ciaran McEvoy, who stated that Middlebrook could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison. The sentencing is scheduled for September 9.

Middlebrook’s arrest took place in El Segundo after he delivered counterfeit pills to an undercover FBI agent posing as an investor in March 2020. However, he was released on bond of $150,000 less than two months later. As of now, Middlebrook remains out of custody.

During the initial days of the pandemic, Middlebrook targeted potential investors in California, Nevada, New York, Texas, and Colorado through text messages and social media platforms such as YouTube and Instagram. He claimed to have developed a “patent-pending” cure called “QC20” and a treatment named “QP20” to prevent coronavirus infection. Middlebrook solicited investments in his companies, Quantum Prevention CV Inc. and Quantum Cure CV 2020 Inc., by making false promises of miraculous results and guaranteed enormous returns on investments.

To further deceive potential investors, Middlebrook falsely claimed that Earvin “Magic” Johnson, a renowned basketball player, was a director and officer of his companies. He also fabricated a story about a party in Dubai offering to purchase his companies for $10 billion, assuring investors that this offer would secure their investments. Additionally, Middlebrook misled potential investors by stating that seven others had already invested between $750,000 and $1 million.

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1 Response

  1. As someone who is passionate about the entertainment industry, this news about Keith Lawrence Middlebrook is disheartening. It serves as a reminder of the importance of integrity and ethical behavior in any profession, including acting.

    In light of this, my personal goal is to always uphold a high standard of honesty and professionalism in my own acting career. I believe that success should be achieved through hard work, dedication, and talent, rather than resorting to fraudulent activities.

    I plan to stay focused on improving my acting

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