Once a scam artist, always a scam artist

Former televangelist Jim Bakker served five years in prison for stealing money from congregants. Now he's pedaling a 'cure' for the coronavirus.



March 11, 2020 - 10:53 AM

Jim Bakker on Oct. 19, 2011. Photo by Photos/Zuma Press/TNS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is suing televangelist Jim Bakker and his show for claiming a product could cure the new coronavirus.

The lawsuit, announced Tuesday afternoon, alleges that in an episode of the “Jim Bakker Show” a guest claimed a product sold through his online store can cure the coronavirus.

Those claims are not backed by reliable scientific evidence, the lawsuit says. COVID-19, the disease’s official name, has killed more than 4,000 people and infected more than 100,000 throughout the world. Two people have been diagnosed in Kansas and Missouri.

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