New York Daily News: MANHATTAN – Religious fraudster Jim Bakker and his Morningside Church Productions Inc. organization will pay $156,000 restitution to consumers who bought the Silver Solution COVID-19 remedy he was pushing in the early stages of the pandemic.
The Missouri Attorney General’s office announced that it had reached an agreement with Bakker on Tuesday that also prevents the 81-year-old televangelist from telling consumers the panacea he’s pimped on television can “diagnose, prevent, mitigate, treat or cure any disease or illness.”
Bakker admits no wrongdoing in the agreement, which his attorneys say presented “no findings whatsoever that our clients violated any laws or misled.”
According to the Missouri Times, Baker has already paid restitution to some of the parties he was accused of hustling last year. An additional $90,000 is still owed.
Prosecutors charged that Bakker promoted Silver Solutions 11 times in February and March of 2020, when the pandemic was taking hold. One of those pitches included a conversation with a “naturopathic doctor” who confessed Silver Solutions hadn’t yet been tested on COVID-19, but when used to treat other coronaviruses, it “Totally eliminates it, kills it. Deactivates it” within 12 hours.
Regulators warned Bakker in March 2020 to stop making false claims that could put people at risk of contracting the deadly virus, which has since killed more than 600,000 Americans.
The chief ingredient in Silver Solution is colloidal silver. It consists of silver particles in a liquid that the National Institute of Health warns “can be dangerous to your health.” The FDA concluded in 1999 that colloidal silver “isn’t safe or effective for treating any disease or condition.”
Bakker and then-wife Tammy Faye, were Evangelical royalty until being enveloped by scandal more than 30 years ago. In 1989, Bakker went to prison for duping followers out of $158 million. The Bakers’ lavish spending included several homes, luxury automobiles and an air-conditioned doghouse.
The two divorced in 1992, and Tammy Faye, who subsequently remarried, died of cancer in 2007.
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- Top Feature Photo: March 2, 2018, televangelist Jim Bakker walks with his wife Lori Beth Graham after a funeral service for the Rev. Billy Graham, in Charlotte, NC – Chuck Burton/AP