In the June 11 edition of “The Health 202” newsletter, The Washington Post featured a recent report on COVID-19-related fraud compiled by Faegre Drinker Consulting principal Michael Adelberg and director Matthew Rubin.
Noting that consumer fear and government spending in response to the pandemic has sparked scams and fraud, the publication turned to Adelberg and Rubin’s report “Tracking Fraud Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic” that shows the types of charges law enforcement is bringing for COVID-19 fraud.
Adelberg and Rubin write, “From fake vaccines and cures to subpar personal protective equipment to hoarding and price gouging, indictments and arrests are occurring at an alarming rate.”
The Washington Post specifically highlighted data from the report that shows a total of 315 pandemic-related enforcement actions, such as warning letters, were taken by federal agencies as of June 5. The most actions – 183 – were taken by the Federal Trade Commission. Of the 46 charges law enforcement has brought in alleged coronavirus-related fraud schemes since March, 23 have been for false claims.