The FBI issued a warning this week stating that trusted employees in several organizations are committing fraud and taking advantage of this pandemic by falsely claiming they have been tested positive for COVID19. The FBI has informed companies that it has received multiple reports of employees who are using fake doctor’s notes and other documents to falsely claim that they have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are asking employers to be cautious.
In one report, the FBI mentions an unnamed manufacturing company where an employee told his or her bosses that they have tested positive for Covid-19 which caused the company to shut down, cease production and disinfect the offices. The employer later learns that the document the employee brought in as evidence was fake after having already lost $175,000. Because of the intense nature of the COVID19- pandemic, any fake claims regarding testing positive for COVID19 is now considered a felony.
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