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COVID-19 Related Criminal Fraud Charges

Posted by Audrey Schechter | Jun 18, 2020 | 0 Comments

On June 8, 2020, the District Court for the Northern District of California unsealed a criminal complaint against Arrayit Corporation's CEO, Mark Schena, charging Mr. Schena with multiple counts, including a count of conspiracy to committ healthcare fraud.  The alleged fraud centered around Arrayit's claims that the corporation could perform testing for COVID-19 based on a pin prick blood sample.  Arrayit had no COVID-19 test at the time.  After obtaining the patients' Medicare information, defendant would submit claims for reimbursement from Medicare for 120 allergens, a much more lucrative scope of testing.  Those tests, however, were neither medically reasonable nor necessary.  The Department of Justice has alleged that since March 2020, the Arrayit sought reimbursement for $69 Million worth of medically unnecessary allergy tests.  To read about the case and link to the unsealed criminal complaint and affidavit in support, go to

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Audrey Schechter

Audrey Hildes Schechter is an experienced commercial and civil litigator, working in the areas of fraud, qui tam, healthcare fraud, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, Tricare fraud, appellate practice, health care law, and employment litigation. Audrey has practiced in Florida for 25 years and in New Y...


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