A Portsmouth, R.I. business owner and his wife allegedly sold more than $2 million worth of products marketed as cancer treatments without the approval of the Federal Drug Administration, according to US Attorney Peter F. Neronha’s office.
A federal grand jury in Providence returned an indictment Tuesday alleging James Feijo,66, and his wife Patricia Feijo, 55, used their nutrition company, Daniel Chapter One, to market and sell unapproved health products and supplements, prosecutors said.
The products, 7 Herb Formula, Bio Shark, and GDU were allegedly marketed on the company’s website as “Daniel Chapter One’s Cancer Solutions.” The pair claimed the 7 Herb Formula “fights tumor formation,” according to prosecutors.
But none of the products are recognized as safe or effective treatments, prosecutors said.
The products were advertised through the company’s website, in-store advertisements, and on a daily radio program.
In addition to these charges, James Feijo is facing charges that he told his employees that they were independent contractors when they were actually employees of Daniel Chapter One. During that time, he allegedly failed to issue IRS wage and tax statements and W-2 forms.
James Feijo is also charged with failing to collect, account for and pay employment taxes to the United States and for failing to file his personal income tax return for two years.
An arraignment date has not been set.Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp