Portsmouth Couple who Sold Herbs as Cancer Treatments Indicted

The 24 count indictment also alleges that the owners of Daniel Chapter One lied to employees and evaded paying taxes on millions in profits.

A Portsmouth husband and wife and owners of Daniel Chapter One today were indicted on 24 counts of selling unapproved health products and supplements they claimed would fight cancer in addition to charges of tax evasion and failing to file taxes on millions in profits from their online and retail business.

United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the federal grand jury indictment that alleges James Feijo and his wife, Patricia, marketed and sold unapproved health products and supplements that the FDA does not recognize as safe and effective treatments.

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 (see attached .PDF), 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.

The Feijos will be arraigned on an undermined date.

The case was investigated by the Rhode Island FDA Task Force from the North Providence and East Providence police departments along with the state police, Rhode Island National Guard and by the IRS Criminal Investigation unit.

SEAN April 26, 2014 at 05:43 PM
scum bags.
Jack Baillargeron April 26, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Sad thing in all of this are the people who develop faith in these treatments for a problem such as Cancer. If there was a cure for certain Cancers it would be very profitable indeed. The adage of "to good to be true then it probably isn't" comes to mind. Well I believe in many homeopathic things, especially those that can alleviate pain and symptoms side effects of meds etc, from cancer treatments. Cures are not realistic from this. Another sad thing is people like this could be so helpful to others but seem to stray in to "profit motive" rather than ethical treatments that work or at very least help rather than give false hope. It has been around a long time (called snake oil salesman in history). If this is true I cannot express what my penalty would be for it. Taking advantage of people in many case who are desperate and blinded by love or fear of death is one of the worst things humans do.
FYI April 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM
The FDA is a joke & our county allows proscription drugs that cause all sorts of other illnesses. It's all about greed & government. If you want to prevent cancer, eat lemons & grid their peals up in your food. Make sure no GMOs too. Lots of our health problems come from our government which allow spraying chemicals all over our food and genetically modifying it. Eat healthy my friends. Although even the Bible says to pay taxes. The scribes & chief priests sent men out secretly to question Jesus on this and asked at Luke 20:22 "Is it lawful (the head of the corner) for us to pay head tax to Caesar or not?" Jesus answered them at Luke 20:25 "By all means, then, pay back Caesar's things to Caesar but God's things to God."
Not my first rodeo June 25, 2014 at 06:44 PM
Lol do more research on medical marijuana, in particular "rick simpson oil"


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