Teen Pockets $6 Million After Creating Fake COVID-19 Test Center


Society should constantly be encouraging young people to dream big and to always have an imagination. That creativity was taken a bit too far when a German teen was found guilty of making a fake COVID-19 screening center. He ultimately pocketed $6 million in state payouts for tests that were never done.

During the height of the pandemic in Germany, the demand for tests was at an all time high. To make it convenient for everyone, the state reimbursed centers for conducting COVID-19 tests based on an invoice and nothing else. The majority of private healthcare providers benefited from this flaw made by the government but one teen surpassed them all.

A 17-year-old came up with the idea in 2020 that he would simply create a COVID test center on paper and send out invoices for thousands of tests completed daily to collect his payouts from the German government. This actually managed to work and the young man walked away with a cool $6 million to show for it.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, the German government entrusted the help of Kassenärtzlichen Vereinigung (KV), an association of doctors approved by the German health insurance services, with overseeing COVID testing and handling payments to private test centers. This system made it easy for fraudsters to scam the government.

The teen’s fake testing center billed up to 5,000 tests per day and in a span of four months, billed around 500,000 COVID-19 tests. He never received any questioning from the KV about the improbable daily rate of testing.

And he would’ve gotten away with it too if it weren’t for a meddling bank employee. According to authorities, the whole charade came crumbling down in June 2021 when the employee noticed the teen’s account had skyrocketed and suspected some form of money laundering. They contacted the police and with a small amount of digging, the fortune was promptly confiscated.

Luckily, the young man was still classified as a minor, meaning despite having turned 19 since the debacle, he only had his fortune confiscated and was ordered to pay a fine of $1,600 to a “public utility organization. He will also be on probation for one year, after which his case will be studied again with the potential to impose new sanctions.


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