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April 24, 2020

Carmel Valley Physician Charged with Mail Fraud in Connection with Sale of Alleged Cure for COVID-19

A Carmel Valley physician has been charged with mail fraud in connection with the sale of what he described as a “100%” cure for COVID-19 sold at his business, Skinny Beach Med Spa (Skinny Beach). In late March, Skinny Beach began sending emails advertising “COVID-19 treatment packs.'' The treatment packs, priced at $3,995 for a family of four, included hydroxychloroquine, anti-anxiety treatments alleged to help avoid panic and aid in sleep, and access to the physician, Dr. Jennings Staley. Dr. Staley was arraigned in Federal District Court for the Southern District of California on April 17.