Alleged fake COVID-19 testing lab may have to refund patients

A now-closed New Jersey lab could have to pay hundreds of patients back for allegedly selling and administering fake COVID-19 tests, according to a Nov. 9 report by NBC affiliate WNBC.

Infinity Diagnostics lab in Ventnor, N.J., was shut down after federal agents raided it in December 2020. The business is accused of selling and administering finger-stick and antibody tests that could diagnose COVID-19, although the tests could not, according to the report.

Those who sought COVID-19 testing at the facility were urged to get retested.

A proposed class action lawsuit over the tests received preliminary court approval Nov. 5. Stephen Denittis, the plaintiffs' attorney, said he believes about 400 people were affected. A proposed settlement calls for refunds of $37.50 to $75 per person, depending on whether they can provide proof of being tested at the lab.

Infinity Diagnostics denies wrongdoing, according to the report. If the settlement is approved at a Jan. 21 court hearing, the lab would have to issue payments within 60 to 90 days.

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