Man sentenced to prison for selling industrial bleach as miracle drug

SPOKANE, Wash. (WNCN) – A Spokane, Washington man will spend more than four years in federal prison for selling industrial bleach as a miracle cure for numerous diseases and illnesses, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Louis Daniel Smith, 45, was sentenced by Chief Judge Rosanna Malouf Peterson of the Eastern District of Washington to serve 51 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release.

Read WNCN Investigate's special report about MMS and its reach in North Carolina
Read WNCN Investigate’s special report on MMS and its reach in North Carolina

Smith said the miracle drug could cure such illnesses as cancer, AIDS, malaria, hepatitis, Lyme disease, asthma and the common cold.

In June, a jury convicted Smith of one count of conspiracy to commit multiple crimes, three counts of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with intent to defraud or mislead and one count of fraudulently smuggling merchandise into the United States.

“[Tuesday’s] sentence is a just result reflecting the defendant’s role as the leader of a business that sold dangerous chemicals as miracle cures to sick people and their desperate loved ones,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “Consumers have the right to expect that the medicines that they purchase are safe and effective.”

The U.S. Department of Justice says Smith created phony “water purification” and “wastewater treatment” businesses in order to obtain sodium chlorite and ship his MMS without being detected by the Food and Drug Administration or U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Earlier this summer, WNCN Investigates researched and compiled a special report about MMS and its reach in North Carolina.

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