Santwon Antonio Davis, Morror, Georgia man pleads guilty to faking COVID-19 diagnosis to defraud Fortune 500 employer. Company took over $100,000 hit.
Santwon Antonio Davis, 35, of Morrow, pleaded guilty to wire fraud for sending his employer a bogus medical excuse letter about a COVID-19 diagnosis in May, the US Attorney’s Office in Atlanta said Monday.
Upon learning of his supposed test results, his Atlanta-based employer shut down its plant for sanitizing and placed several other employees on paid leave — resulting in a more than $100,000 charges to the business, prosecutors said.
But there was more to come.
Davis later confessed that he never actually contracted the virus while working for the unnamed Fortune 500 company, according to prosecutors.
A history of theft & fraud
‘The defendant caused unnecessary economic loss to his employer and distress to his coworkers and their families,’ US Attorney Byung J. Pak said in a statement.
Davis also pleaded guilty to bank fraud for submitting false information to a mortgage company.
While he was out on bond for the wire fraud charge, Davis submitted a mortgage application that included false earnings and employment history, prosecutors said.
The scheme fell apart after news reports about the worker’s bogus COVID-19 diagnosis helped the company uncover that fraud, prosecutors said.
His sentencing date has not been set yet.