FBI: Man faked COVID-19 diagnosis, forcing boss to close Atlanta business for cleaning

Santwon Antonio Davis’ mug shot from an arrest in 2018.

Santwon Antonio Davis’ mug shot from an arrest in 2018.

The FBI said that using the COVID-19 pandemic to get out of work may cost a Clayton County man his freedom — again.

Santwon Antonio Davis, who is a felon, was arrested by the FBI after defrauding a large Atlanta company by faking a coronavirus diagnosis, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia said in a news release Thursday.

The 34-year-old Morrow man is accused of faking a positive COVID-19 medical excuse letter, which prompted his employer to stop business and sanitize the workplace, the release said. His employer, which was left anonymous in the release, is a Fortune 500 company.

While the company’s facility was closed for cleaning, it continued to pay its employees, the release said. As a result, the company lost more than $100,000 and several of Davis’ coworkers were unnecessarily quarantined, according to the FBI.

Since then, Davis has admitted that he did not have COVID-19, the release said.

Details about Davis’ custody were not provided, but it’s not the first time he’s been the focus of criminal investigations.

Since 2006, he has served three stints in prison, totaling nearly 18 months in custody, according to Georgia Department of Corrections records. In Clayton and Spalding counties, Davis has been convicted of theft by taking, theft by receiving, criminal trespassing and criminal damage to property.

He was most recently released from prison on Feb. 27, 2019, GDC records show.

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