MD, PhD, MAE, FMedSci, FRSB, FRCP, FRCPEd.

It has been reported that America’s Frontline Doctors (a right-wing organization that is associated with the ‘Tea Party’) is suing one of its founders in a battle for control over the controversial group, which gained national notoriety for spreading misinformation about COVID-19 treatments and vaccines during the pandemic.

The organization and its current board chairman have sued Simone Gold, MD, alleging that she misused the nonprofit organization’s funds to buy a $3.6 million Florida mansion, purchase a Mercedes-Benz and other luxury vehicles, and take trips on private planes.

The lawsuit, filed November 4 in federal court, comes just months after Gold was released from prison for her role in the January 6 US Capitol insurrection. Gold pleaded guilty to trespassing in the Capitol and was sentenced to 60 days in federal prison.

The group and the board chairman, Joseph Gilbert, claim that after her release from prison, Gold attempted to reassert control of the group, take over its website, and fraudulently represent herself as its director, according to the complaint. The complaint referred to Gold as a “rogue founder,” alleging that she spent almost $50,000 monthly on personal expenses using the organization’s credit cards.

Gold resigned from the group’s board in February ― before she pled guilty ― so that she could pursue her goal of opening health and wellness centers nationwide, according to the complaint. At that time, the board voted Gilbert to be its chairman and agreed to have Gilbert negotiate an agreement for Gold to serve as a consultant. Gold sought a “signing bonus” of $1.5 million, along with $50,000 to be paid monthly as a consulting fee, according to the complaint.

Another report has more details on Gold’s alleged wrong-doing: The complaint claims that in November 2021, Gold used “AFLDS charitable funds to purchase a $3.6 million home in Naples, Florida for her personal rent-free use, and at least three vehicles and has otherwise used AFLDS funds to resource her personal lifestyle and expenses since she formed AFLDS.” Plaintiffs also allege that Gold “currently lives in this home with John Strand, rent free.” Strand is a former underwear model and boyfriend of Gold’s who was arrested with her in connection with the January 6, 2021 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol. She moved with Strand to Florida this year from Los Angeles, where she had been an emergency room physician. Strand allegedly was paid $10,000 per month as an AFLDS employee and allegedly spent $15,000 to $17,000 a month using those credit cards. He was terminated from AFLDS in summer 2022, according to the complaint. In addition to purchasing the house with AFLDS funds, the complaint said Gold purchased a Mercedes Benz Sprinter van, a Hyundai Genesis, and a GMC Denali. After taking possession of the Naples home, she used AFLDS funds to pay a personal security officer $12,000, a personal housekeeper $5,600 a month, and charged “nearly $50,000 per month” to AFLDS credit cards.

I tried to find some information on th health and wellness centers that Simone Gold wanted or did open. Alas I was unsuccessful in my endeavor. However, I found an interesting passage she once wrote:

The World Health Organization, the FDA, the NIH, and the CDC are proven liars who have lost all credibility and common-sense, while jeopardizing YOUR health and safety. What disgusts me most is how their failed prescriptions have exposed the most vulnerable: our elderly and our children. The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and hundreds of other news outlets have censored the truth in order to preserve their power. Twitter, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Apple, and dozens of other Tech companies are throttling down content, suppressing information, and de-platforming those with whom they disagree.

I find it hard to find words for a comment – except perhaps this: maybe it is not such a bad thing when anti-vaxxers fight each other; it means they have less time, energy, and money to confuse the public with their lies.

8 Responses to An anti-vax organisation sues its co-founder

  • Strand is a former underwear model …

    The emperor’s underwear, by the looks of it?

    Anyway, it’s a bit disheartening that this Simone Gold person is primarily being sued for control over this organization and perhaps the money she stole, but not for her ongoing betrayal of medical and ethical standards. Why hasn’t her medical license been revoked by a medical board? Why wasn’t she disbarred as an attorney? People who abuse their position in this kind of egregious manner should at the very least be stripped of any licenses that give them legal or occupational privileges over other citizens.

      • “I don’t agree with her shenanigans, but millions and millions around the world agree with her statement. I certainly do.

        “The World Health Organization, the FDA, the NIH, and the CDC are proven liars who have lost all credibility and common-sense, while jeopardizing YOUR health and safety. What disgusts me most is how their failed prescriptions have exposed the most vulnerable: our elderly and our children. The New York Times, CNN, NPR, and hundreds of other news outlets have censored the truth in order to preserve their power. Twitter, Facebook, Google/YouTube, Apple, and dozens of other Tech companies are throttling down content, suppressing information, and de-platforming those with whom they disagree.”

        I echo her statement again because it’s worth repeating. Shout it from the mountain-tops.

        • you echo her statement again because suffer from the same delusions and have given us plenty of evidence for it.

        • I echo her statement again because it’s worth repeating. Shout it from the mountain-tops.

          RG, You are glossing over the fact that the person who made that statement which you want to shout from mountain-top is a known quack, a convicted felon and an alleged embezzler. But again, no one is surprised that you would make such a foolish comment.

        • “I don’t agree with her shenanigans, but millions and millions around the world agree with her statement”

          But far more people agree with the explanations of scientists and experts. You are a loud shrill minority who have succumbed to the delusion that they represent the majority.

          “I certainly do.”

          My sincere condolences. You should seek professional help. Really.

          “Shout it from the mountain-tops.”

          Very good. Do that. There are hardly any people on the mountain peaks, which means no one will hear you spreading nonsense.

  • Had to look twice. For a minute I thought that you accidentally used a b/w photo of me there!
    Anyways, S. Gold seems to have impeccable moral standards and a strong sense for the “inner values”…

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