Shelby Twp, MI — FBI agents in hazmat suits, equipped with respirators, raided a medical clinic last week after a doctor reportedly gave high dose vitamin C to essential workers who may be exposed to COVID-19.
“At Allure Medical we are offering high dose, intravenous, vitamin C to all essential workers who are exposed to COVID-19,” Dr. Charles Mok of the Allure Medical Spa said in an un-aired local media spot earlier this month. Before FOX 2 Detroit could air the segment, FBI agents raided the clinic.
On Thursday, the FBI, along with the Department of Health and Human Services-raided Allure Medical Spa on 26 Mile Road and Van Dyke in Shelby Township, just before 8 a.m., according to FOX 2.
“Allegations that the clinic provided fraudulent treatments for COVID-19 and that the clinic did not observe proper protocols to protect patients and staff from the virus,” said Mara Schneider, FBI spokesperson.
Though no arrests have been made, the FBI said they are looking at evidence to find out more information about the vitamin C treatments.
“This is not a typical evidence response team search,” Schneider said. “We would not normally do what ends up being more of a document heavy search. But because of the concerns that we don’t know what we’re walking into, we have our specialty teams here with the appropriate personal protective equipment.”
To be clear, Dr. Mok was not trying to hide the vitamin C IV services. He was openly advocating for them on local media, noted they were accepting insurance for them, and even offered them for free to essential workers.
“We are taking peoples insurance and we are testing them and treating them and billing their insurance, they don’t have insurance, they have lousy insurance, or we don’t take their insurance, we are writing it off,” Mok said at the time.
A doctor affiliated with Allure, but who wanted to remain anonymous, told FOX 2 that “vitamin C infusion, is a common practice in the US because it boosts the immune system.”
FOX 2 reports that it has been given repeatedly to Covid-19 patients in intensive care settings to help reduce the symptoms of Covid-19 on a daily basis. This doctor said that Dr. Mok is “ahead of the curve in this type of treatment and has always put the patient’s health first, often treating them for free.”
It does not appear that the FBI received a complaint over the treatment and they may have initiated the raid simply because the doctor was giving willing people vitamin C. Customers also told FOX 2 they appreciate what the clinic does.