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A man in suburban Chicago, USA has been charged in a $60 million COVID-19 fraud scheme that billed Medicare for millions of at-home test kits over a two-month period last year, including tests for more than 4,000 people who were later determined to be dead, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Syed Shaukat Ahmed, 58, was arrested last week on a three-count criminal complaint filed in US District Court with Medicare fraud, transfer of fraudulently obtained funds, and using illegally obtained money to pay off his mortgage.

Agents stopped Ahmed at O’Hare International Airport, where he was scheduled to board a flight to Pakistan with his family, according to court records. It was later determined that it was a scheduled annual trip back to his home country and apparently not an attempt to flee prosecution.

Still, prosecutors initially sought to have Ahmed held in custody pending trial. But he was released after posting a $5 million bond secured by two homes, court records show.

The charges against Syed are believed to be the biggest single COVID-19 fraud scheme to be charged in US federal court in Chicago since the onset of the pandemic more than four years ago.

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