According to NBC News, Derges, “an assistant physician who got her medical degree from Caribbean Medical University of Curacao in May 2014,” reportedly administered treatments with her own two hands. How did she get the magic mixture? According to FBI, she got the amniotic fluid from the University of Utah and then added a quadruple and and sometime septuple mark-up, and the promise of treatments to her patients for a wide-ranging set of ailments. According to the indictment, this fraud was being perpetrated well before the global pandemic started; Derges just added COVID-19 to the list of solutions she could provide with her “stem cell” treatments.
Her case is set for a jury trial in late March, though this might be delayed and there is no word yet whether or not any kind of plea deal has been discussed. According to the FBI, between 2018 and 2020, patients were bilked out of $200,000 in the wire-fraud scheme. On top of those charges are also 10 counts “of illegal distribution of controlled substances for prescribing Oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller, and Adderall, a treatment for ADHD, without seeing the patients receiving them.”
Derges, who reportedly promised treatments for “tissue damage, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Lyme disease, erectile dysfunction, and urinary incontinence,” is also charged with lying to investigators when asked about all of this. Specifically, she reportedly lied about having knowingly given this treatment to someone dealing with urinary incontinence.
On Monday, Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo removed Derges from all her committee assignments.