In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum poses for a photo in her office in Portland, Oregon. The state of Oregon has sued an Illinois-based COVID-19 testing company, saying its owners took millions of dollars in federal funds and insurance money for themselves and bragged about having bought a mansion and expensive sports cars. Rosenblum sued the Center for Covid Control, or CCC, and its testing partner, Doctors Clinical Laboratory, for deceptive marketing of testing services and for violating Oregon’s Unlawful Business Practices Act.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The state of Oregon has accused the owners of an Illinois-based COVID-19 testing company of stealing millions of dollars in federal funds and insurance money in a lawsuit filed Thursday and said they bragged about buying a mansion and expensive sports cars.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sued the Center for Covid Control, or CCC, and its testing partner, Doctors Clinical Laboratory, for deceptive marketing of testing services and violation of the Unlawful Trade Practices Act from Oregon.

The lawsuit says Aleya Siyaj and Akbar Ali Syed, the married couple who own CCC, had no prior experience in the medical field or medical testing and had run an ax throwing parlor and photography studio.

This raises questions about how they managed to become recipients of federal testing funds. The lawsuit noted that they were also under investigation by the FBI and Illinois public health authorities. FBI agents searched the company’s headquarters near Chicago in January, according to local reports.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the CCC in January, accusing it of mishandling the tests and providing false results.

The CCC did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. A phone number listed on its website has been disconnected. The website says the CCC has suspended operations “and will not resume collection of patient samples until staffing resources allow the CCC to operate at full capacity.”

The Oregon lawsuit alleges that CCC and Doctors Clinical Laboratory falsely told consumers they could provide accurate COVID-19 PCR results within 72 hours, but instead produced questionable test results and lacked the adequate capacity to store and process the thousands of test samples they received each day.

“These companies were ill-equipped to grow as quickly as they did,” Rosenblum said in a statement. The lawsuit says CCC has grown from a test site in Illinois — in the old ax throwing saloon — to become one of the largest test center operators in America, with 300 test sites in across the United States, including five in Oregon.

“Oregonians have made crucial decisions — about returning to work or school, travel, and visiting family and friends — based on shoddy testing,” a- she declared.

The 29-page lawsuit alleges the couple funneled millions of dollars received from the federal government and insurance companies to get tested.

“Syed posted photos of the couple’s purchases on social media, including a $1,360,000 mansion and several luxury cars worth millions, including a sky blue Lamborghini, a red Lamborghini Countach, a Tesla Model Y and a Ferrari Enzo,” the lawsuit said.

Syed bought this rare Ferrari for $3.7 million, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County, asks that CCC and DCL be permanently banned from offering COVID-19 testing in Oregon, for restitution to Oregonians who were victimized and for civil penalties of up to $25,000 for each violation of Oregon law, plus Oregon’s attorney fees and investigation costs.

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