Father and Son Arrested for Selling Fake Coronavirus Medicine Online
A father and son tandem was arrested by Philippine National Police (PNP) for selling fake medicine online, claimed to be the cure for COVID-19.
In a report of CNN Philippines, the suspects were identified as Ismael Aviso and his son Ismael Aviso Jr. They were arrested on Sunday, March 22, by PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group in a joint operation with Police Regional Office 4-A and Northern Police District at Navotas City.
Cops from the PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) received a tip on Friday, March 20, that two men were selling fake medicine through social media. The two were arrested after cops posed as buyers paid them P7,500.
According to the report, the PNP ACG said the older Aviso had a history of selling fake inventions, such as a motionless electric generator in 2011. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also said that they had issued public health warnings against the older Aviso for selling drugs to fight dengue.
Both men who are now under the custody of NPD will face charges of estafa and unlawful publication and utterances in relation to the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. It added that one of them may face charges for resistance and disobedience to a person authority and for violating the Data Privacy Act of 2012.
Meanwhile, there is no available cure yet for the coronavirus disease 2019 COVID-19, but vaccines are being developed. Scientists and a group of experts are exerting efforts to developed vaccines to end the pandemic disease.
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