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Fact Check- CEO of Pfizer has not been arrested, as hoax article reported

Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, has not been arrested for fraud, contrary to a report by a website that has a history of publishing false information.

The alleged report (archived version here ), claims the executive was arrested by the FBI “in the affluent suburb of Scarsdale, New York” on the morning of Nov. 5 and “charged with multiple counts of fraud.”

It was published by The Conservative Beaver, which describes itself as a Canadian conservative news site ( here )

Reuters previously debunked stories by this website that made similar unsubstantiated claims about Barack Obama, Pope Francis and George Soros ( here , here , here ). Fact checkers at the AFP and USATODAY have also tackled other fake arrest reports by the website ( here, here ).

“I can confirm that is a false claim,” Keanna Ghazvini, Pfizer’s Senior Associate of Global Media Relations, told Reuters via email.

Bourla was interviewed by various outlets on the same day the false information was published ( here , here , here ). Subsequent public appearances by Bourla are viewable ( here , here , here ).

Other websites have since replicated the information, attributing it to The Conservative Beaver ( here , here , here).

Social media posts replicating the claims are viewable on Twitter ( here , here , here , here ) and Facebook ( here , here , here ).

VERDICT

False. Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer, has not been arrested or charged with fraud.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.

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