COVID testing company faked tests, threw samples away while taking $83 million in government funding, says DOJ

The co-owner of a Chicago, Illinois, company is accused of cheating the United States government out of money through a fraudulent COVID-19 testing scheme.

ABC News reports that Zishan Alvi, a 44-year-old co-owner of company Laboratory Elite, fraudulently planned to seek reimbursements for providing PCR tests and 15-minute rapid antigen tests after lying about the results.

The indictment alleges that the tests were either not performed, done in such a way that results were unreliable, or had already been paid for by customers when the company sought federal reimbursement.

Between February 2021 and February 2022, the company received over $83 million in federal funding, with some of the money allegedly transferred to the Alvi’s personal account.

Alvi also told employees to provide customers with negative results despite tests never being performed.

Alvi is charged by a federal grand jury with 10 counts of wire fraud and one count of theft of government funds.

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