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Federal officials allege that a 34-year-old Georgia man lied to his employer about testing positive for Covid-19. So reports The Associated Press.

covid 19 5239417 640Santwon Antonio Davis last month faced charges of defrauding his employer, according to a news release from the U.S. attorney’s office in Atlanta. After Davis’ employer learned that he did test positive, management had to close down the plant, sanitize the facility and place some workers on paid leave while they were under quarantine. This resulted in the company bleeding more than $100,000, prosecutors said.

The HR manager at Davis’ company suspected fraud upon reviewing a medical excuse letter that Davis provided, according to a statement from an FBI agent. The letter, for example, noted that Davis was discharged November last year, was not signed and did not have a formal letterhead. After calling the hospital where Davis claimed he was tested, the company learned the hospital was not conducting Covid-19 tests.

Davis “caused unnecessary economic loss to his employer and distress to his coworkers and their families,” U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak noted in a release. Pak also noted that law enforcement will move fast “to put a stop to criminals preying on Georgia companies and the public with Coronavirus-related fraud schemes.”

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