Environment & Energy Report

Georgia Woman Pleads Guilty to Selling Fake Coronavirus Product

May 29, 2020, 6:43 PM

A Georgia woman pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act by selling an unregistered pesticide product she claimed could help fight coronavirus.

Rong Sun, 34, of Fayetteville, Ga., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John K. Larkins III, the Justice Department announced. Sentencing is scheduled for June 29.

  • According to the charges and other information presented in court, Sun sold an unregistered pesticide product through eBay, and falsely claimed it could protect against viruses such as coronavirus.
  • The Environmental Protection Agency regulates the production, sale, distribution and use of pesticides products, which includes antimicrobials and disinfectants.

To contact the reporter on this story: Adam Allington in Washington at aallington@bloombergindustry.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Gregory Henderson at ghenderson@bloombergindustry.com

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