Missouri state lawmaker charged with selling fake stem cell treatments and claiming they are a cure for Covid-19

A newly elected Missouri state representative and assistant physician faces charges for allegedly running a fraud scheme in her three clinics and providing prescription drugs illegally, volgens federale aanklaers.

Prosecutors in the Western District of Missouri claim that PatriciaTriciaAshton Derges, who operates threeOzark Valley Medical Clinic” liggings, sold what she falsely advertised as a stem cell treatment. Court documents cite one instance on April 11, 2020, when Derges wrote a Facebook post about her clinic’s treatment as anamazing treatment (daardie) stands to provide a potential cure for Covid-19 patients that is safe and natural.
Egter, Derges actually administered a substance calledamniotic fluid allograftto patients, volgens owerhede. It’s a substance the University of Utah told investigators it sold to her for about $ 244 vir 1 milliliter, according to the indictment. Authorities claim Derges knew the product did not contain any cells, including stem cells. In totaal, Dergespatients paid her approximately $ 191,815.00 for amniotic fluid that did not contain stem cells, the documents say. She charged her patients $ 950 aan $ 1,450 per milliliter, volgens hofstukke.
Derges has pleaded not guilty, according to her attorney, Stacey Bilyeu, who stressed she ispresumed innocent until proven guilty.
    The University of Utah said its product has clear usage instructions and wasdisappointed to learn patients were allegedly mislead.They pledged cooperation with authorities on the investigation and said they’recurrently reviewing our processes to determine if we can do anything more to prevent similar occurrences in the future.

    Attorney says Derges will continue to work

    Derges faces eight wire fraud charges stemming from the sale of supposed stem cell treatments and two charges of lying to investigators about those treatments. Daarbenewens, prosecutors charged Derges with 10 counts of prescribing medication to patients she wasn’t treating directly. These prescriptions, egter, were not related to the fake stem cell treatments.
    Bilyeu told CNN her clienthas entered her plea of not guilty to each and every allegation that the government has waged against her.
    Bilyeu pointed out thatthe only thing that has happened in this case so faris the return of a grand jury indictment which she noted isa one-sided proceeding.
    Derges was elected in November to the Missouri State House of Representatives. She ran unopposed to represent the 140th district, according to the state’s election results website. In 2017, she received a Jefferson Awards Foundation award for her work with the local Ozark community.
    Dergessold her company in her fifties to attend medical school in the Netherland Antilles, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2014,according to her biography on the House of Representatives website.
    She holds a physician assistant’s license in the state that was issued in 2017, according to Missouri’s licensing database.
    Missouri allows medical school graduates to apply to become an assistant physician if they have passed Steps 1 en 2 van die Amerikaanse. Medical Licensing Examination, the indictment says, even if they were not accepted into a residency program. Federal authorities say in the indictment that Dergesobtained her medical degree from the Caribbean Medical University of Curacao in May 2014 but was not accepted into a post-graduate residency program.
      Bilyeu said that Derges has no plans to step back from any of her jobs as the case plays out in court.
      She is still a doctor, she still has clinics, and she’s still a state rep,” Bilyeu said.

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