A New York man is facing fraud charges after selling people stolen coronavirus test kits for $200 and never giving them results
- A New York man has been charged with mail
fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy over a scheme to sell stolen coronavirustests without ever providing results, federal prosecutors said.
- An FBI agent busted the scheme after buying one of the tests and tracing it to a lab in Georgia, which confirmed the tests had been stolen.
- Henry Gindt II, 34, was arrested Thursday and has not yet made a plea.
- The federal government has been cracking down on coronavirus-related fraud and scams for weeks, including schemes to sell fake coronavirus test kits or fake coronavirus cures.
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A New York man is facing federal fraud charges after authorities said he sold stolen coronavirus test kits to people who thought he worked at a certified lab, then never provided any results.
Henry Gindt II, 34, was charged May 4 with mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail or wire fraud, according to a newly unsealed criminal complaint.Gindt was arrested Thursday, after an FBI agent bought one of the tests for $195. The agent initially posed as a customer having difficulties finalizing the online payment, then Gindt told him over the phone that a Georgia lab would process the test.Advertisement
But no tests were ever processed, according to a statement from federal prosecutors in the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Instead, Gindt charged customers between $135 and $200 under the guise that he was connected to a certified lab, the prosecutors alleged.According to the FBI agent, the stolen tests came from an unnamed lab in Georgia, which confirmed that a former executive had stolen 50 tests. The lab told the FBI it had no affiliation with Gindt.
Gindt has not yet made a plea, and it's unclear if he has retained a lawyer.The federal government has been cracking down on coronavirus-related fraud and scams for weeks. The US Food and Drug Administration, for instance, has sent a number of warning letters to companies pushing bogus coronavirus "treatments," such as teas, tinctures, or essential oils. The Justice Department has also pursued similar charges against the owner of a website that sold fake coronavirus test kits.Advertisement
"Let this be a message to anyone who wants to scam our fellow citizens during this pandemic: the