Fake COVID tests administered by St. Louis County health worker: accusations

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  • A man scammed QuikTrip employees into giving him their information and letting him swab his nose for COVID-19, prosecutors say.

A man posing as a St. Louis County public health inspector collected personal information from gas station employees and then administered nasal swab COVID-19 tests, according to charges filed Thursday.

The man showed up on March 16, 2021 at the QuikTrip on Page Avenue, just east of North Lindbergh Boulevard in North County, and said he was running coronavirus tests to determine how certain restrictions would be enforced. , a probable cause statement filed by county police said.

He asked employees to fill out forms with their names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers, addresses and phone numbers, according to police. He then rubbed his nose and drove off, setting off again in a Pontiac Solstice convertible.

The man also popped up at a mall about twelve miles north and east. At the international Ceta market (11683 Avenue de Florissant West, Florissant), he made the same pitch, but the employees got suspicious and refused. He drove off in the Pontiac, and this time the police received a partial license plate number.

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  • Eddie Jamesson.

The Pontiac was registered to 27-year-old Eddie Jameson. Police say Jameson returned to the QuikTrip two days later and told employees he would have their test results the next day, but before he could leave, police showed up and arrested him. .

According to the probable cause statement, Jameson admitted to gathering employee information and rubbing his nose, but insisted he never identified himself as a county employee. In reality, he worked for an organization called Community Wellness America, which offers testing. But a supervisor told investigators that Jameson was only supposed to provide the tests to employees so they could test themselves.

According to police, Jameson told investigators he received $20 for each test submitted and needed the money to pay rent. He admitted he had not been trained to administer the tests. According to investigators, Jameson said that day at the QuikTrip was the first time he tried it.

The St. Louis County prosecutor charged Jameson with false identity and five counts of impersonation. The charges are misdemeanors and Jameson received subpoenas.

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