Test center scam: Police arrest suspects

A man is wearing handcuffs. Photo: Stefan Sauer/dpa/Illustration

Roßdorf/Darmstadt (dpa/lhe) – Two men from southern Hesse are said to have defrauded the Association of Compulsory Health Insurance Doctors of more than one million euros with false statements from their corona test centres. The 26- and 29-year-old suspects were arrested in Roßdorf (Darmstadt-Dieburg district) and taken into custody, the police and prosecutors in Darmstadt announced on Wednesday.

A total of 21 private apartments and business premises in Darmstadt and the Darmstadt-Dieburg district were searched during the large-scale operation on Tuesday. According to their own statements, the investigators obtained ample evidence. Detectives have been following the suspected scammers for more than a year. They are said to have operated 29 test centers. It is also determined against seven alleged accomplices aged between 21 and 38 years.

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