On May 6, 2022, the website Vancouver Times published an article claiming that Rady Johnson, the executive vice president and chief compliance, quality, and risk officer of the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc., was arrested and charged with fraud after thousands of incriminated documents were released:
VP of Pfizer arrested after document dump
Rady Johnson, the executive Vice President of Pfizer, has been arrested at his home and charged with multiple counts of fraud by federal agents. He was taken into custody and is awaiting a bail hearing. This comes as 1,000s of classified documents from Pfizer were released, showing the true risks of the experimental vaccine.
This was not a genuine news item, and the central claim is false. Rady Johnson has neither been arrested nor charged with fraud or any other crime. No legitimate news sources have reported such an incident.
Vancouver Times, the original source of this fabricated story, describes its own content as follows:
Vancouver Times is the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast. We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives.
We are not affiliated with the mainstream media (CBC, CTV etc.) in any way, and any similarities between our content and the work of the MSM is purely coincidental.
In 2021, a similar “satirical” claim concerning the supposed arrest of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla went viral. It, too, was false.