JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced his office has recovered $156,000 and a consent judgment against Jim Bakker and Morningside Church Productions, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
The Missouri Attorney General’s Office filed a suit against Bakker and Morningside Church Production in March of 2020 for marketing “silver solution” as a potential cure for COVID-19.
Under the consent judgment, Bakker is not allowed to sell or advertise “silver solution” as a way to cure or help any disease or illness.
Stephanie Garland, the regional director for the Better Business Bureau, said she has worked with several unhappy customers who bought “silver solution” from Bakker.
“Better Business Bureau has helped 66 consumers with complaints in the last three years closed against the Jim Bakker Show,” said Garland. “Better Business Bureau has also helped 42 complaints closed in the last year.”
Bakker must also return an additional $90,000 to anyone who purchased “silver solution” between Feb. 12, 2020, to March 10, 2020.
Garland said customers contributed a lot of cash to receive what The Bakker Show claimed would help protect against COVID-19.
“In terms of the “silver solutions,” consumers here reported back to us they were out $140,” said Garland. “So, sometimes the complaints were unanswered, but from what consumers say, sometimes they received their money back.”
Missouri consumers who bought the product will be mailed a restitution check no later than 30 days after the execution of the consent judgment.
Those who receive a check will have 90 days to cash it.
“The Jim Bakker Show was failing to issue refunds,” said Garland. “It was failing to deliver the products ordered and it provided overall poor consumer service and customer service.”
Bakker has already refunded a number of customers which, combined with the $90,000, totals up to roughly $156,000 in restitution.