(RoyalPatriot.com )- Over the weekend, federal agents executed a search warrant at the Chicago-area headquarters of the Center for COVID Control, a national pop-up testing chain that has billed the federal government over $120 million to conduct tests for uninsured Americans.
According to a spokesperson for the Health and Human Services inspector general’s office, the FBI assisted in the search of the Center for COVID Control’s Rolling Meadows facility.
The Center for COVID Control is registered at the same Rolling Meadows address as Doctors Clinical Laboratory, which conducted hundreds of thousands of PCR tests on specimens collected by the pop-up testing company.
Both the lab and the Center for COVID Control have been under investigation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as several state attorneys general.
The Center for COVID Control had paused its business activities on January 13 after growing complaints and was scheduled to reopen some pop-up testing sites around the country on the same day the search was conducted.
The company’s CEO Aleya Siyaj and her husband Ali Syed previously owned a donut shop and an ax-throwing business. So a pop-up COVID testing company seems a logical next step, doesn’t it?
With the push for widespread testing last fall, the company quickly grew, swiftly expanding to three hundred pop-up sites nationwide.
However, investigations were launched into the company after dozens of consumer complaints ranging from late test results to concerns that tests weren’t being conducted on specimens collected.
Both the lab and the Center for COVID Control have been under investigation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services since late November, when an inspection revealed widespread violations, including a failure to label specimens.
Attorneys general from Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota, and Oregon have also announced investigations into the company. Meanwhile, the attorney general’s office in Massachusetts is currently reviewing complaints.
Attorney Ryan Jacobson from the firm hired by the Center for COVID Control to review its business practices said in a statement last week that the company is cooperating with authorities.