An Atlanta man who lied 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 to 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 alleged 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.
A federal public defender listed as representing Davis did not immediately comment Monday night.
The company was not disclosed but was supposed to be a Fortune 500 company that employed Davis at its plant.
According to an indictment, Davis and other workers were told in March that if they had Covid-19, they would get paid time off to quarantine.
Later, Davis told his supervisor that his mother had tested positive for the virus and that he did as well, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
But an excuse letter he submitted to the company was false, and the medical center told the company that he was never a patient, according to the affidavit. Prosecutors have said he later confessed he was not infected.
Davis also found guilty to a bank fraud charge that involves a mortgage application that contained false statements about his earnings, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Sentencing has not been decided. Prosecutors are wanting to recommend a sentence of three years in prison, according to a plea agreement.