(Natural News) The FBI has raided the headquarters of a pop-up COVID-19 testing firm that received roughly $125 million in taxpayer funding but the Justice Department apparently has no interest in holding accountable vaccine makers pushing dangerous, faulty products that don’t protect from the virus and that have actually killed or damaged Americans.
According to USA Today, agents raided the Rolling Meadows, Ill., firm known as the Center for COVID Control, after the company came under investigation by state and federal officials for alleged shady practices.
“The FBI was conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in Rolling Meadows yesterday,” Siobhan Johnson, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Chicago office, told the paper just days ago.
When asked about the raid, Illinois Attorney General spokeswoman Annie Thompson said that the AG “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.
The search comes days after the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office filed a consumer protection lawsuit against the company and its primary laboratory, Doctors Clinical Lab. The complaint alleges the company and lab “provide inaccurate and deceptive” test results and have fraudulently reported negative test results.
Longtime entrepreneurs Akbar Syed, 35, and his wife, Aleya Siyaj, 29, run the Center for COVID Control and, in recent months, have been sharing photos and videos on social media of their growing wealth. Syed has shared images of two Lamborghinis, a 2018 Ford GT, a Ferrari Enzo and a new $1.36 million mansion.
At its peak, the Center for COVID Control had more than 300 locations across at least 26 states and collected more than 80,000 tests a day, according to the company.
The paper said it began investigating the company after one of its reporters encountered a “pop-up” testing site that was being operated out of a shack in Chicago powered by a generator.
“The Center for COVID Control is also under investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Oregon Department of Justice is investigating the company on suspicion of Unfair Trade Practices Act violations,” the paper added.
Illinois isn’t the only state investigating the company; so is Minnesota, which has filed suit against it as well.
According to a press release from Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office, the AG received numerous complaints from Minnesotans who said they submitted tests at sites operated by the Center for COVID Control but never got the results from a lab associated with the company, Doctors Clinical Laboratory, even though they waited for them for weeks. Others got faulty test results, and some people reported receiving test results even though they never submitted a sample to be tested.
“My job is to fight for Minnesotans’ security and help them live with dignity, safety, and respect. Making sure that Minnesotans have accurate tools to [keep] them safe from the COVID-19 pandemic is a key part of that job,” Attorney General Ellison said.
“When Minnesotans and people from around the country tested with these companies to keep themselves and their families safe, they trusted they would get correct results on time. I’m holding these companies accountable that sent back false or inaccurate results, when they sent them back at all, for deceiving Minnesotans and undermining the public’s trust in testing,” he added.