Atlanta man who earlier this year Falsely claimed Federal prosecutors told the employer that he had been diagnosed with Covid-19 guilty of wire fraud on Monday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said the claim cost the company about $ 100,000 because the company temporarily closed its facilities and had four colleagues in quarantine.
Santon Antonio Davis, 35, who was charged in May, pleaded guilty to a wire fraud.
Davis “caused unnecessary economic loss to the employer and inconvenienced his co-workers and their families,” Byung J. Bjay, Buck, the US District Attorney, He said in a statement.
A federal attorney general listed as representing Davis did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday night.
The company is not named in court documents but is named to the Fortune 500 company that employed Davis at its factory.
According to the indictment, Davis and the other workers were told in March that if they had Covid-19, they would take paid leave of health isolation.
About a week later, Davis told his supervisor that his mother had tested positive for the virus and that he did, too, according to the FBI testimony provided in the case.
But the letter of excuse he provided to the company was bogus, and the medical center told the company that he was never sick, according to the affidavit. Prosecutors said he later admitted he was not infected.
The US Attorney’s Office said Davis also pleaded guilty to a bank fraud charge involving a mortgage application that contained false statements about his earnings.
No date has been set for the verdict. Prosecutors agreed to recommend a three-year prison sentence, as per the plea agreement.