A Rhode Island businessman has pleaded guilty to charges of marketing and selling unapproved remedies for cancer mitigation and treatment.
68-year-old James Feijo, owner and operator of Daniel Chapter One in Portsmouth, pleaded guilty in Providence Federal Court to marketing and selling products not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as cancer mitigation and treatment options, and failing to pay more than $218,000 in employment taxes due the IRS.
Feijo also admitted to the court that from 2006 through 2011, he falsely represented to Daniel Chapter One employees that they were independent contractors, when in truth they were employees of Daniel Chapter One. During that time, Feijo failed to issue IRS Wage and Tax Statements, Forms W-2, accounting for employees’ wages and taxes withheld.
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At the time of his guilty plea, Feijo admitted to the court that he engaged in the marketing, sale and distribution of unapproved health products and supplements, 7 Herb Formula, Bio Shark and GDU, which were not generally recognized as safe and effective for use by the FDA.
Additionally, the products, as marketed, were not generally recognized as safe and effective by qualified experts for the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of cancer. The products were marketed and sold through various websites, in-store advertisements, a call center, on the Feijos’ daily radio program, and through the use of promotional materials and publications.
Feijo is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell, Jr., on January 12, 2016.