Port Angeles man convicted in misbranding drugs he claimed cured COVID-19

A former naturopathic physician in Port Angeles was convicted last week of a federal felony related to misbranding products that he claimed could prevent and treat diseases, including COVID-19 and MRSA, according to the Department of Justice.

A jury found Richard Marshall, 68, guilty and sentencing will likely occur in early 2022.

The investigation began after the FDA began reviewing complaints from the public regarding Marshall’s Facebook page claiming the “Dynamic Duo” could “crush” viruses, such as the coronavirus.

On March 30, 2020, an undercover investigator spoke to Marshall on the phone, where Marshall explained the “Dynamic Duo” contained garlic extract and larch tree starch.

He also said the substance “doesn’t boost the immune system, it just kills the virus.”

The undercover agent purchased the “Dynamic Duo” for $140 plus shipping.

Marshall’s license to practice as a naturopath was permanently revoked by the Washington State Department of Health in 2018.

After receiving the products, the FDA discovered they were not produced by Marshall, but by other manufacturers.

Marshall included documents claiming that substances can “crush 30 different viral infections, including those in the Corona family, like in China Corona-19.”

Marshall was previously convicted of misbranding drugs in 2011 and 2017.

He faces up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.