Chase Shuts Down Dissident Doctor’s Business Account and His Employees’ Accounts Without Warning or Explanation

The owner of a Florida-based retail health company says JP Morgan Chase Bank suddenly closed his business accounts, the bank accounts of two employees and the personal accounts of their family members without explanation.

The owner of Mercola Market, Dr. Joseph Mercola, tweeted on Tuesday that “Chase bank has shut down our business bank accounts along with the accounts of my CEO and CFO, as well as their family members (including spouse and child). They’ve refused to provide any reason for doing so, the oldest account has been active for 18 years.”

Mercola Market, located in Cape Coral, sells a plethora natural health products, including  food, drinks, vitamins, soaps, lotions, and clothing.

Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Mercola was a vocal critic of former NIAID director Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s response to the COVID-19, and the COVID-19 shots. He is the coauthor of the book, The Truth About COVID-19. 

The New York Times dubbed Mercola a “misinformation superspreader” in a documentary about the doctor in August 2022.

Mercola, the CEO, CFO and their family members, received similar letters from Chase Bank on July 13, stating “[they] have decided to close” their individual personal and business accounts,  Florida’s Voice reported.

In May, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed comprehensive legislation to protect Floridians from the corporatist environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) movement.

Chase’s actions potentially violated the new Florida law, which prohibits financial institutions from denying or canceling services to people based on their political or religious beliefs.

One of Mercola’s employees told Florida’s Voice that he believed the accounts were shut down because of their employer’s stance on COVID-19.

“I believe they cancelled all of the accounts because of Dr. Mercola’s (our employer) opinions,” CEO Steven Rye told Florida’s Voice. “He has carried a contradictory view throughout the COVID narrative and co-authored the best selling book The Truth About COVID-19 which exposed the likelihood that this virus was engineered in a laboratory funded by the NIH.”

A Chase representative told Rye via voicemail that he couldn’t disclose why the bank closed his personal and wife’s accounts “for legal reasons.”

Rye told Florida’s Voice that he was told his children would not be able to carry accounts with Chase Bank in the future.

“It’s just hard to believe that your family, your wife, your kids can’t have a bank account because of the opinions of your employer and they’ve never done anything wrong,” Rye said. “We all have completely clear records.”

A voicemail from a Chase Bank representative urged Rye to submit paperwork for their accounts to be reconsidered. “We are going to try because you’re a good client of our institution,” the Chase representative said in a voicemail.

In an email from Chase to Rye Monday, a representative said he is “still trying to figure out what is going on.”

Another employee said the sudden decision to close her account was making it difficult for her to send money to her husband who is bedridden with dementia in the Philippines.

Amalia Legaspi, the CFO of Mercola Market, said both her personal and her son’s personal accounts were canceled. Her son is using the accounts to pay for college expenses.

“I received the letter during weekend and I was surprised that we received the same letters for business accounts with exact wordings,” Legaspi said.

Legaspi’s joint checking account with her husband, who has dementia and is bedridden in the Philippines, was also closed. She uses the account to send money for his medical needs and said she is not allowed to open another bank account in his name.

“I have to provide all the legal documentations including notarized physicians affidavit from the Philippines to prove that my husband is incapable of handling his finances and request the Federal to directly deposit the pension to my own personal account,” Legaspi told Florida’s Voice.

She said Chase would not give them a reason for the closure “to protect the privacy of their clients.”

Dr. Mercola told Florida’s Voice that he has published articles about “the benefits of vitamin D, zinc and quercetin to boost the immune system.” He also published testimony from a nurse who claimed patients were being “intentionally killed on ventilators.”

The FDA reportedly sent a letter to Dr. Mercola telling him to take “immediate action” to address “violations” regarding supplement products the doctor says aids in the treatment of COVID-19, calling them “unapproved new drugs” that are “misbranded.”

In response to Mercola’s tweet about Chase’s actions, other conservative Twitter uses said they have experienced similar treatment from ESG banks.

“Chase also shut down my business accounts,” tweeted Bill Mitchell, CEO of YourVoice™ Studios, Inc. “I had never had an issue, never an overdraft and no suspicious activity. Bank of America and Wells Fargo did the same,” he added. “They refuse to provide any reason and are quite rude and obnoxious. I had been with Wells Fargo for 20 years and they shut me down without warning. The WORST part of this shut down is that they will FREEZE YOUR FUNDS for a month while they “sort things out.” Imagine being denied your money for no reason for a month? Rent due? Car payments? Groceries? They don’t care.”

Dr. Thomas P Seager, who co-founded Morozko ice bath,  said “Chase has placed my accounts ‘under review.’ I have no idea what that means.”

Dr. Syed Haider, an internal medicine specialist with the Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group, tweeted that his business bank account and Paypal were also recently shut down with no explanation.

“I just tweeted about how my business bank account and PayPal were shut down with no notice for no reason and today my Airbnb rental was canceled 3 days into a 28 day stay and now Mercola tweets that his bank accounts along with those of his CEO and CFO and their spouses and children are shut down with no reason and no due process,” Haider wrote. “This is the passive-aggressive, dystopian, woke, social-credit hellscape that is our dying country.”

Haider is another dissident doctor who opposed the official public health narrative regarding repurposed drugs during COVID.

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About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.