Missouri lawmaker asked to resign amid stem cell fraud case

Missouri lawmaker asked to resign amid stem cell fraud case
The Missouri House speaker on Wednesday said fellow Republican Rep. Tricia Derges should step down after a federal grand jury indicted the Nixa legislator. (Source: Submitted)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri state lawmaker indicted on federal fraud charges for falsely claiming a treatment she sold contained stem cells that could help with COVID-19 has been asked to resign.

The Missouri House speaker on Wednesday said fellow Republican Rep. Tricia Derges should step down after a federal grand jury indicted the Nixa legislator.

The 20-count indictment also accuses the 63-year-old of illegally providing prescription drugs to clients and making false statements to federal agents investigating the case.

Her defense attorney says Derges “hasn’t been convicted of a thing and she is presumed innocent.”

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