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Portsmouth Couple Accused of Selling Herbs as Cancer Cures Plead Not Guilty

The couple faces 24 counts of selling unapproved health products and supplements, tax evasion and treating what really were full time workers as general contractors with no benefits.

The owners of a Portsmouth-based Daniel Chapter One who stand accused of selling so-called cancer "cures" in violation of federal laws in addition to tax evasion and other crimes, pleaded not guilty in court on Monday.

James Feijo and his wife, Patricia, entered their plea to 24 counts of selling unapproved health products and supplements they claimed would fight cancer after they were indicted by a federal grand jury in April.

The supplements, sold under the names 7 Herb Formula, Bio Shark and GDU, are not recognized as safe and effective treatments for cancer but the Feijos reportedly touted their potential cancer-fighting attributes in online advertisements, ads in their Portsmouth retail store, with a call center and on a daily radio program hosted by Feijo.

In addition, the indictment alleges that James Feijo lied to his employees and told them they were general contractors when they “in truth were employees of Daniel Chapter One,” Neronha said in a release. The deception included Feijo’s failure to issue the employees W-2s or deduct taxes from their checks, instead paying them through checks written out to cash.

The indictment also alleges that Feijo failed to file individual tax returns with the IRS, skirting paying taxes on more than $2 million in proceeds gained from the business.

In the indictment, Daniel Chapter One marketed the above mentioned products as “Chapter One’s Cancer solutions.”

The products are still available on Daniel Chapter One’s Web site, though references to their purported cancer-fighting attributes are absent.

Jim Feijo describes himself as a “expert on sports training and fitness” and has a bachelor’s degree of science in health, biology and physical education and a master of education in psychological services from Springfield College, according to the company’s Facebook page.

Tricia Feijo describes herself as a “classical homeopath” and cites her graduation from the New England School of Homeopathy in her bio. She also claims to have “worked for several years in cancer research.”

The company’s Facebook pages and Web site are filled with Christian references and many of the products are labeled as “God’s gift,” among other descriptions. And the company name, Daniel Chapter One, refers to a Bible passage in which Daniel, son of Judah, chooses not to defile himself with the king’s meat and wine and instead, opted to eat “pulse,” or vegetables and water.

But the indictment alleges the Web site was also full of false claims and lies, such as the claim that 7 Herb Formula , which is currently on sale for $76.26 for  32 ounce bottle “fights tumor formation.”

The formula, which contains water, cats claw, burdock root,  eleutherococcus senticosus, sheep sorrel, slippery elm, watercress and turkey rhubarb, “is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease,” the Web site now states.

Tom Horn May 07, 2014 at 11:13 AM
I wonder if Duncan Ingraham of Trend Reality is still involved with the Daniel Chapter One???

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