Investigators said in a March 27 release that they had taken a 43-year-old suspect into custody in an “ongoing fraud investigation” that involved illicit home testing kits that claimed to be able to detect COVID-19 infection.
U.S. Homeland Security (DHS) officials intercepted a package at the U.S.-Canada border on Wednesday, and found that the parcel “contained 25 individual prohibited COVID-19 testing kits.”
Canadian authorities, acting in coordination with DHS and other agencies, including Canada Post, found that multiple parcels containing the COVID-19 tests had been shipped across Canada and into the United States, and traced them back to a Toronto residence.
Toronto police spokesperson Meaghan Gray told CP24, a Canadian news outlet, that the suspect was charging $10 for each kit, and selling masks for $20 apiece.
When asked by reporters if the kits were fake, Gray was cited by CBC as saying, “They are considered prohibited as there are no kits that have been approved for personal use in Canada.”
She added that Canadian authorities were working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to “determine the legitimacy of the products.”
No Legitimate Home Test Kits Available
Authorities said the accused, identified as Jesse Wong, would face charges of fraud under $5000 and possession of a forgery device.
His court appearance is scheduled for May.
Police urged people to be careful not to fall for COVID-19 scams.
“Toronto Police would like to remind the public to be extra vigilant when it comes to those trying to sell or provide products or services associated to Covid-19. There are no legitimate home test kits available,” they said.
FBI Warns of COVID-19 Scams
The FBI recently warned of new fraud schemes that are exploiting the CCP virus pandemic.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Partys coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.