Georgia Man Who Lied to Employer About Having COVID-19 Pleads Guilty

The claim prompted the company to shut down the facility for cleaning, causing a loss of around $100,000, prosecutors said

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An Atlanta man who earlier this year falsely claimed to his employer that he had been diagnosed with COVID-19 pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge Monday, federal prosecutors said.

The claim cost the company about $100,000 because the company had temporarily close its facility and have four co-workers quarantine, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia said.

Santwon Antonio Davis, 35, who was charged in May, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud.

Davis "caused unnecessary economic loss to his employer and distress to his coworkers and their families," Byung J. “BJay” Pak, U.S. attorney for the district, said in a statement.

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