Johnny T. Stine, a Seattle man who advertised a supposed Covid-19 "vaccine" he said he created in his personal lab, was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor federal charges of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce.
Stine, 56, could face up to one year in prison if convicted.
Stine came onto the radar of federal authorities in early March 2020, after he advertised injections of the supposed vaccine for $400 on his personal Facebook page, according to the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington. At that time, there was no authorized Covid-19 vaccine on the market.
Stine wrote on Facebook that it wasn’t the first time he had “crossed some major lines," adding that he previously created “personalized tumor vaccines for people who wish to actually fight for their life with legitimate tools, knowledge, and skills that I’ve acquired over the years."