Suspect wanted for selling fake coronavirus tests hands himself in at London police station – MyLondon

A suspect wished for promoting suspected counterfeit Covid-19 home-testing kits has turned himself in at a London police station.

The 36-year-old from Birmingham is believed to have bought the kits on the darkish and open internet to prospects within the UK and US.

He was arrested for offences underneath the Fraud Act on Thursday (June 11) and has been bailed.

Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) officers had urged the person to come back ahead after the suspect kits had been present in a property within the Edgbaston space of Birmingham earlier this month.

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A 38-year-old who was arrested in Birmingham on June 2 for a similar offences has additionally been bailed.

Deputy director of investigations on the NCA Matt Horne mentioned that anybody considering of making an attempt to revenue from public worry throughout the pandemic ought to ‘be aware of this arrest.’

He defined that quite a lot of studies on the sale of counterfeit merchandise associated to Covid-19 are being investigated.

He added: “Bringing offenders to justice and ceasing their actions is a key precedence throughout regulation enforcement, the NCA will goal criminals who pose a danger to our collective effort to sort out the pandemic.”

Andy Morling, from the Medicines and Healthcare Merchandise Regulatory Company, mentioned that no Covid-19 antibody self-testing kits have acquired the CE mark standing and as but no kits can be found within the UK for residence use.

He added: “Merchandise that haven’t been examined to make sure they meet requirements of security, efficiency and high quality can’t be assured and this poses a danger to people’ well being.”

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