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Tuesday AM headlines: Utah man selling fake COVID cure in custody after three years

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Utah man selling fake COVID cure in custody after three years on the run

A Utah man has been taken into custody after reportedly being on the run for three years facing federal charges of selling a fake cure for COVID-19.

Gordon Hunter Pedersen, 63, of Utah County, had been selling silver products as a cure for various diseases, including COVID-19, under the guise of medical licensing.

He was indicted in federal court in July 2020 for introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with the intent to defraud or mislead buyers, as well as mail and wire fraud.

However, Pedersen failed to appear in court and has reportedly been on the run since. While on the run, he filed several letters of correspondence to the court as well as a motion to dismiss the case. In one letter, he said he does not “consent” to U.S. laws, which he called a “foreign” jurisdiction.

According to the U.S. attorney for Utah, he was spotted by federal agents on July 5 and is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Tuesday.

Several upgrades underway at Solitude Mountain Resort

Solitude Mountain Resort has several projects underway this summer, according to a new press release. The resort, located in Big Cottonwood Canyon, is adding new downhill mountain bike trails and three new avalanche control systems. The Eagle Express is also being replaced with an upgraded six-person chairlift.

The developments are part of a $16 million investment in the resort and will affect current hiking and biking trails. Conditions and trail status are expected to change throughout the summer. You can find current statuses here.

Duck is a general reporter and weekend announcer at UPR, and is studying broadcast journalism and disability studies at USU. They grew up in northern Colorado before moving to Logan in 2018, so the Rocky Mountain life is all they know. Free time is generally spent with their dog, Monty, listening to podcasts, reading or wishing they could be outside more.