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Two people fined for Centers for COVID Control sites in Wisconsin

Two people fined for Centers for COVID Control sites in Wisconsin
Two people fined for Centers for COVID Control sites in Wisconsin

DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – Two people have been fined for misleading advertising while operating COVID-19 testing sites in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Commerce and Consumer Protection reached a stipulated consent judgment in Dane County with Aleya Siyaj and Akbar Syed.

Siyaj and Syed were ordered to pay the Dane County Clerk $22,500.

Siyaj and Syed ran a business called the Center for COVID Control in several Wisconsin communities. Action 2 News has reported extensively on complaints about these centers, including one that arose at Darboy.

The DATCP states that between December 2, 2020 and January 21, 2022, the Center for COVID Control “provided advertising, marketing, website optimization, consumer call center, transportation and other support services to Doctors Clinical Laboratory, Inc. This included establishing twenty-five collection sites in Wisconsin, including six in Dane County, where individuals could provide biological specimens for COVID-19 testing.

The CCC announced and promoted testing services and online collection sites “enhanced with Google search engine optimization, social media posts and physical signage.”

The ads promised a free gold standard test and that people who got the results would be emailed to them within 48 hours. The state says people did not receive their results within that time frame.

“Misleading advertisements are a common problem,” said Lara Sutherlin, administrator of the DATCP’s Commerce and Consumer Protection Division. “It’s unfair to consumers when companies make promises they can’t keep, but even more so when those cases involve public health. It’s likely that many people who received tests from the Center for COVID Control were drawn to its commitment to getting results within 48 hours. Dropping the ball on a service as vital as COVID-19 testing is unacceptable to consumers.

A worker at the Darboy site emailed Action 2 News saying: “I know firsthand that this place doesn’t care about safety.” Customers reported waiting more than a day for rapid COVID-19 test results and their results had the wrong timestamp. The Better Business Bureau gave the company an “F” after failing to respond to complaints.

In January, the FBI searched the CCC headquarters in Illinois.

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. Two people sentenced one fined for the sites of the Centers COVID Control in Wisconsin

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