The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

COVID Testing Scam

Jan 31, 2022

A company that received over $124 million in government funding to provide rapid COVID testing has been forced to shut its doors after former workers and patients exposed numerous fraudulent practices.

As demand for testing surged, the Center for COVID Control opened more than 300 test sites around the country, without allocating funds for the necessary equipment and staff. Why would they, when there was no regulation of these testing centers, and there was government money to be had?

Many tested patients never received the results. Others received results that were either too confusing to understand or too late to be useful. Often test results were sent to the wrong address. Former workers told of samples stuffed in trash bags and strewn across office floors. Other workers recounted finding samples in bags that were well over 48 hours old. They were then instructed to falsify dates of receipt and lie to patients about their test results, telling some patients they had tested negative when their tests had not been processed or were spoiled!

The whole company was a big scam to get federal money. Workers were directed to not even record insurance information when patients presented their insurance card, because owners found it most profitable to bill the federal government directly.

What did they do with all this federal money? One company executive bought a $1.36 million home and posted online about buying fancy cars—including a $3.7 million Ferrari. Another bragged he was able to buy luxury cars thanks to “covid money.” Their scam may have finally ended—but they still have the house and cars!