September 22, 2023

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Four indicted for allegedly advertising and marketing, marketing coronavirus disinfectant dupe

DENVER — Four persons have been indicted for allegedly marketing and advertising and promoting a disinfecting assistance that showcased a product they claimed could destroy coronavirus.

The statewide grand jury indicted the 4, alongside with the Wheat Ridge-primarily based firm, Microforce, LLC, on 5 counts of felony theft.

The indictment alleges Microforce homeowners Chad Butler, 51, Michael Satchell, 55, and Jeffrey Blake Stewart, 35, alongside with organization guide Bryant Delaney, 65, advertised that a solution employed in their disinfecting assistance could bond to surfaces and build a layer that could kill germs and viruses, including the coronavirus. The product or service could allegedly “provide extensive-expression disinfection for up to 90 days.”

According to the indictment, Microforce nearly exclusively used Monofoil X, an antimicrobial that has not been authorized as an productive disinfectant or as possessing any extended-phrase success by the U.S. Environmental Safety Agency.

On June 5, the indictment states that the EPA’s Denver office despatched an advisory letter to Microforce, informing them that the EPA only approved their items as having lengthy-phrase usefulness for deodorizing, not disinfecting. The EPA allegedly advised Microforce it was not authorized to make statements of residual efficacy.

Prosecutors declare Microforce house owners and Delaney realized about the advisory letter, but ongoing to misrepresent their services on the business web-site, advertising elements and in contacts with many Colorado firms and organizations. The organization never informed their clients about the advisory degree, and no one attempted to proper the misrepresentations, in accordance to the indictment.

Microforce’s clientele bundled Elevations Credit Union, Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Glenmoor Country Club, Tri-Condition Generation and Transmission Affiliation and Valor Christian Higher College. Authorities assert the company swindled $252,440 from these clients in between April 1 and Dec. 31.

“Holding fraudsters accountable is a main mission of the Lawyer General’s Office,” Colorado Attorney Normal Phil Weiser said. “Those powering this scheme acted illegally even after the EPA advised them they ended up deceiving Coloradans. That’s why we are using action and doing the job to maintain them accountable.”

“False and deceptive disinfectant promises relating to the Coronavirus and COVID-19 area folks and communities at risk,” stated Specific Agent in Cost Lance Ehrig of EPA’s Prison Investigation Division in Colorado. “As this situation demonstrates, the EPA and its Colorado law enforcement partners are fully commited to the safety of public health.”