Santwon Antonio Davis, 34, of Morrow, Georgia is accused of causing “unnecessary economic loss to his employer and distress to his coworkers and their families,” according to a federal prosecutor, after faking a COVID-19 diagnosis.
The man is facing federal charges for defrauding his employer after faking a medical excuse letter. He has since admitted to authorities that he did not have the virus, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta.
Davis, who was employed by an unidentified Fortune 500 company, told his supervisors in March that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and emailed a letter stating that he had been admitted to the hospital and needed to quarantine for 14 days, an affidavit says.
The company had previously told employees that if they catch the virus they would receive paid time off while quarantined.
“The Company’s Human Resources Manager reviewed the excuse letter and observed some indicia of fraud,” reads the affidavit. “For example, the letter stated that Davis was discharged on November 10, 2019, months before the purported admission date. The letter was unsigned. The letter did not appear to be on formal letterhead.”
The company called the hospital where Davis claimed he was treated and found out that he was not a patient there in March. Davis’ employer also asked for a copy of his positive test result, but he refused to give it to them, according to the document.
The company shut down for cleaning, and at least four workers had to quarantine. This cost more than $100,000.
Davis was released on a $15,000 bond.