Was Stéphane Bancel, CEO of Moderna, arrested by the FBI on November 22, 2021? No, that's not true: There is no evidence to suggest that Bancel was arrested and the website where the claim originally appeared is a known fake news website.
On November 22, 2021, Stephane has been caught by troopers at his house in Cambridge.
As per the recent post from State Crime Watch on Twitter, a founder of Moderna has been taken into custody by troopers on November 22, 2021. He was at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In addition to this, Bancel was charged with numerous counts of fraud with the COVID vaccine plus for alleged insider trading.
Ironically, the "State Crime Watch" hyperlink led to a fact check of the claim that explains why it is false.
This is how the article appeared on November 24, 2021:
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Although the claim appeared in this article, it originated on Conservative Beaver, a self-described conservative news website. The website now says it is out of operation as of November 23, 2021, as shown in the screenshot included below:
(Source: Conservative Beaver screenshot taken on Wed Nov 24 14:52 2021 UTC)
Disclaimer: Our stories mostly featured real events and were factually accurate, however some of our stories were satirical works of fiction and never meant to be taken seriously.
Both versions of the claim state that Bancel was arrested at his home in Cambridge. However, while Cambridge is the home of Moderna's global headquarters, Bancel does not live there: rather, he lives in Beacon Hill, a neighborhood in Boston. To double-check whether anything happened in Cambridge, Lead Stories reached out to the Cambridge Police Department. Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for the department, told us that he could only speak about the department's involvement and that the claim appears to be an "ugly rumor":
If that was true, it did not involve the Cambridge Police Department.
In an email to Lead Stories on November 24, 2021, a Moderna spokesperson said:
These claims are entirely false and inaccurate. No such event has occurred.
Lead Stories also reached out to the FBI about the claim and will update this story with any relevant response.