Jim Bakker may be forced to reimburse customers after false claim about coronavirus cure

CHARLOTTE — Former Charlotte televangelist Jim Bakker may have to pay back some of his viewers after some claims he made about the coronavirus.

The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission said claims made on his show about a possible cure violated federal law.

The FDA and FTC said the pitch to sell the product, Silver Solution, misled viewers.

Bakker, who once led PTL, has been selling the item on his website and one of his guests said it could be effective against the coronavirus.

“Well, let's say it hasn't been tested on this strain of the coronavirus, but it's been tested on other strains of the coronavirus and has been able to eliminate it within 12 hours,” said Sherill Sellman, who was a guest on Bakker’s show.

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The FDA and FTC said that the claim is false, and the product has not been tested.

In a letter to Bakker, officials ordered Bakker to stop making claims that are not supported by evidence.

The letter said they may take Bakker to court and force him to pay back those who brought the item.

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