A Utah man and three-year fugitive was arrested in Utah County on federal charges after fleeing from federal law enforcement in 2020.
According to court documents, Gordon Hunter Pedersen, 63, of Cedar Hills, Utah, was spotted during surveillance by federal agents on July 5, 2023. Pedersen had a warrant issued for his arrest on August 25, 2020, after failing to appear on an indictment in federal court.
The indictment charges Pedersen with mail fraud, wire fraud, and felony introduction of misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with intent to defraud and mislead.
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Court documents also show that at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, before approved vaccines were available, Pedersen sold via the internet a “structural alkaline silver” product which he claimed “resonates, or vibrates, at a frequency that destroys the membrane of the virus, making the virus incapable of attaching to any healthy cell, or to infect you in anyway.”
In Pedersen’s alleged attempt to further defraud, he falsely claimed on YouTube videos to be a board-certified “Anti-Aging Medical Doctor.”
Authorities say he also falsely claimed to have a Ph.D. in immunology and a Ph.D. in Naturopathic Medicine.
Pedersen is scheduled to make his initial appearance on the criminal indictment and to appear at a detention hearing today, Tuesday, August 15, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., in United States District Courthouse in downtown Salt Lake City.
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