I-TEAM: Owner of Silicon Valley lab faces federal fraud charges, accused of filing more than $69M false COVID-19 test claims

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The founder of a Silicon Valley lab, Mark Schena of Los Gatos, appeared before a San Jose Federal Court judge Tuesday by telephone, in what the Department of Justice says is the first criminal securities fraud prosecution related to the COVID-19pandemic.

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Schena, 57, is charged with an alleged scheme to mislead investors and commit health care fraud by filing more than $69 million in false and fraudulent claims for coronavirus testing he developed at his laboratory, Arrayit Corporation in Sunnyvale.

The ABC7 I-Team first reported questions about the performance of Schena's COVID-19 tests just a day before his arrest in June, and followed up once charges were announced.

I-TEAM: Founder of Silicon Valley lab charged with fraud in connection to COVID-19 antibody tests

Schena is out on bail while the criminal case and a civil complaint brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission move forward.

Prosecutors say they are targeting a trial start date in March.

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