Man arrested for selling stolen COVID-19 test kits, falsely promised results: prosecutors

Maya Rajamani
May 10, 2020 - 6:57 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A New York man was arrested and charged with fraud for allegedly selling stolen coronavirus test kits for up to $200 apiece — and falsely promising to send customers their results, federal prosecutors said Friday.

Queens resident Henry Sylvain Gindt II, 34, was charged with committing mail fraud and wire fraud, and conspiring to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, for advertising and selling stolen test kits on a website he founded called YouHealth, Inc., the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania said in a release.

The suspect in this case took advantage of American citizens for his own personal benefit, preying on customers' fear and anxiety," Tim Burke, Special Agent in Charge for the United States Secret Service’ Pittsburgh Field Office, said in a statement. 

“This case should serve as a strong deterrent for criminal actors considering taking part in related fraud schemes,” he added.

Prosecutors say Gindt offered services including telemedicine and genetic testing on his YouHealth, Inc. website. But after Gindt managed to illegally obtain stolen COVID-19 test kits from a laboratory employee, he started advertising them on his website and in “unsolicited” emails, according to prosecutors. 

Customers in several different states bought the kits for $135 to $200 apiece, believing Gindt was affiliated with a lab that could provide their results, prosecutors said.

Gindt did send the kits to the customers and asked them to mail them back, but the customers never got their results, according to a criminal complaint. 

Federal officials shut Gindt’s website down on April 15 after a Pennsylvania resident who’d received an email advertisement from Gindt sent a tip to a Western Pennsylvania-based COVID-19 task force, prosecutors said.

Gindt’s attorney information wasn’t immediately available Friday.

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