By sudouest.fr with AFP
The investigation found that a widow, 63, turned pandemic suspicions into business at the same time she owed US tax authorities at least half a million dollars.
According to Sherry Tenbeni, God is on the side of those who reject the Covid-19 vaccine. For her critics, the real profession of an orthopedic doctor from the US state of Ohio is to fill her pockets.
From annual subscriptions to her $240 podcast podcasts to webinars encouraging people not to get vaccinated, to nutritional supplements and lectures, Ms. Tenbeni runs a sprawling business based on anti-vaccine campaigns, refusal masks and tests, and Covid-19 denial.
An AFP investigation has revealed that a 63-year-old widow has turned her doubts about the pandemic into a business at the same time, and she owes US tax authorities at least half a million dollars.
In early 2021, Tenpenny was named one of the worst sources of misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines by the Center for Online Hate, a non-profit organization. In an interview, Tenpenny defended her theories, saying that she is content with “making a living.”
Her actions are chemistry fueled by social networks and distrust of public health officials. During a speech to elected officials in Ohio in June, an orthopedic doctor alluded to images online that purportedly show people being “magnetised” after receiving a Covid vaccine. She quickly denied the notes, but she nevertheless reached the national audience.
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To defend his theory, the orthopedic specialist cites data from the Adverse Reactions Reporting System (VAERS), a federal database. But VAERS is just a platform for reports of vaccine-related side effects, which are submitted by the general public but not proven, and no causal relationship is established.
The Federation of Governmental Medical Orders announced in July that doctors who spread false information about Covid-19 vaccines are subject to disciplinary action, including the suspension and revocation of their medical licenses. No punishment was imposed on Ms. Tenpenny.
Although not trained in epidemiology, Tenpenny’s medical status gives her publications credibility, despite her medical improbability. With the latter, Ms. Tenpenny suggested a “training camp” on vaccines for several hundred dollars. She recently promoted the “Crusade for Freedom” conference for $57 entry.
Mrs. Tenpenny, and she has spent years battling the IRS. One debt exceeded one and a half million dollars, but the latest tax documents indicate that more than 500 thousand dollars must be paid. According to public data, Tenpenny Integrative Medical Center, his clinic, generates an estimated turnover of $4.04 million annually.
Known for the anti-vaccine movement for more than 20 years, Tenpenny published a book, Saying No to Vaccines, which developed the false theory that vaccines cause autism. She supports her arguments with Christian-inspired rhetoric, as do many American conservatives opposed to sanitation measures.
Her thoughts have captured a large following, and the online hate center reports that Ms. Tenbeni and other anti-vaccine activists have 59 million followers on various social networks. When asked if her advice might be harmful to people, Tenpenny replied, “Would you feel responsible when millions of people died from this vaccine?” “
For Imran Ahmed, Director General of the Center Against Hate Online, Ms. Tenby is promoting a deadly mixture of disinformation and cruel plots. During her address to elected officials, Ms. Tenpenny, for example, mentioned the conspiracy theory that Covid-19 vaccines are a way to connect citizens to the 5G network. These allegations caught the attention of web giants. His Twitter account has been permanently suspended. Facebook says it has removed dozens of linked pages, groups and accounts.
Despite this, Ms. Tenpenny’s message continues to spread through other online sources, including Vaxxter.com asking for donations starting at $25, two Instagram accounts and a personal Facebook account.
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