FBI Searches Illinois COVID Testing Lab That Received $124 Million From Federal Government

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On Saturday, the FBI searched the Illinois headquarters of a national chain of coronavirus testing sites that have received more than $124 million from the federal government in reimbursements.

The testing sites, known as the Center for COVID Control, operate across the country, but the company and its main lab are registered at the same address in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, USA Today reported. The company and its main lab have received more than $124 million from the federal government in reimbursements for coronavirus testing.

Annie Thompson, a spokesperson for Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s office, told the outlet that Raoul “is absolutely committed to protecting residents from those who attempt to profit off of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.”

“We are working with the FBI and other law enforcement partners and will not comment on ongoing investigations as we work to hold accountable individuals who engage in unlawful conduct,” Thompson added.

Just days earlier, the Center for COVID Control and its lab had a consumer-protection complaint filed against them by the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, which accused the testing sites of “deceptive and fraudulent practices.”

USA Today reported that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office accused the Center of providing “inaccurate and deceptive test result information to Minnesota consumers and have fraudulently reported negative test results to consumers that never completed COVID-19 tests.”

The complaint also alleges that the Center’s main lab told employees to “begin falsely post-dating samples, in order to make them appear to be more recent than they ac... (Read more)