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(Yahoo)   It's the classic entrepreneurial path: From Wedding photographer to failed donut shop and failed axe throwing lounge owner, to billing the federal government for $124 million for Covid testing services and posting your Lambo collection on Tik-tok   (news.yahoo.com) divider line
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2022-01-17 10:00:32 PM  
Hmmm. Somebody underhandedly taking advantage of a pop up government program.

Never saw that coming said no one.
 
2022-01-18 6:35:45 AM  
Full audit like a pop up colonoscopy
 
2022-01-18 6:41:20 AM  
So what happens if/when we hit her immunity and demand for these locations dwindles?

Also, how bad do your donuts need to be for your business to fail?  I have been to some overpriced rubbish fancy donut shops and they seem to stay afloat for years.
 
2022-01-18 6:42:27 AM  
The point was only incidentally to help people.

The main point was for members of Congress to take credit for throwing money around. Future generations?

This shiat passed unanimously, btw.
 
2022-01-18 6:42:54 AM  
"Akbar Ali Syed posted a TikTok video of a red Lamborghini Countach being unloaded from a flatbed truck."

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2022-01-18 6:48:09 AM  
Stupid people spending money in stupid ways.
 
2022-01-18 6:49:35 AM  
I'm sure this person will see much jail time and the federal government will take back those fraudulently gotten assets. Right?
 
2022-01-18 6:51:26 AM  

fuzzybacchus: So what happens if/when we hit her immunity and demand for these locations dwindles?


Where ever she takes us.
 
2022-01-18 6:51:30 AM  
If you read the article, the donut shops and axe lounge closed after Covid shut everything down.

When I see something about a guy flaunting his quick wealth, I wonder if it's because he expects to have it all taken away because it's a scam. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts.
 
2022-01-18 6:52:15 AM  
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Approves.
 
2022-01-18 6:55:20 AM  
I think what I learned is, it's easy to make money if you don't care about pointless things like laws and morals.

It's even easier to spend money on stupid stuff.
 
2022-01-18 6:59:36 AM  
Dang another one. Like sell the house and all the cars except the countach. Charter a jet that can take you and wifey, some millions, and the countach somewhere far far away and chill. Have enough money set aside that you can fly in a mechanic to work on the Lambo every few months.

Or... Spend some millions on getting your companies shiat together and be ready for making billions when the next variant or pandemic rolls thru

But noooooooo
 
2022-01-18 7:04:53 AM  
Bragging about a lambo collection just makes you a dick, and lots of people have weird career paths, including in terms of what businesses they found. What matters is whether the money his testing labs pulled in was legitimate or not - were they actually doing their job, and were they charging a reasonable rate?...

...and FTFA, it's no to both. $100/test is way too high. It might not be pharma bro levels, but it's definitely taking advantage of the system. The company also has abnormally high complaint rates, of tests taking way longer than average for their area, not returning at all in some cases, and having worse false test rates than most, which suggest the labs are being run half-assed, yet charging like they're state of the art.

So this probably isn't Trump or megachurch-level fraud, but it definitely looks like some bullshiat's going on here.
 
2022-01-18 7:21:06 AM  

trerro: Bragging about a lambo collection just makes you a dick, and lots of people have weird career paths, including in terms of what businesses they found. What matters is whether the money his testing labs pulled in was legitimate or not - were they actually doing their job, and were they charging a reasonable rate?...

...and FTFA, it's no to both. $100/test is way too high. It might not be pharma bro levels, but it's definitely taking advantage of the system. The company also has abnormally high complaint rates, of tests taking way longer than average for their area, not returning at all in some cases, and having worse false test rates than most, which suggest the labs are being run half-assed, yet charging like they're state of the art.

So this probably isn't Trump or megachurch-level fraud, but it definitely looks like some bullshiat's going on here.


This is not "taking advantage of the system".  If you don't train your staff, buy enough freezers, buy enough lab capacity, pay to properly dispose of medical waste, etc, then it is very inexpensive to run a "clinic".  It's also illegal.

I'm assuming that criminal charges will be coming.
 
2022-01-18 7:38:32 AM  
No there are some bootstraps.
 
2022-01-18 7:40:12 AM  

August11: Stupid people spending money in stupid ways.


This guy's vibe reminds me of the Worldstar Instagram account, full of shirtless, diamond-grilled, heavily tatted "rappers" I've never heard of, carrying thick stacks of cash from the Maybach on the tarmac to the waiting Gulfstream, incoherently babbling and holding up their gaudy jewelry to the camera the whole time.
 
2022-01-18 7:41:46 AM  

fuzzybacchus: So what happens if/when we hit her immunity and demand for these locations dwindles?



Like any good con, it ends when non-members (uninvited) start profiting off of it. We're in the end of it now, fooling the exceptionally stupid suckers still has some legs.
 
2022-01-18 7:42:43 AM  

IDisposable: trerro: Bragging about a lambo collection just makes you a dick, and lots of people have weird career paths, including in terms of what businesses they found. What matters is whether the money his testing labs pulled in was legitimate or not - were they actually doing their job, and were they charging a reasonable rate?...

...and FTFA, it's no to both. $100/test is way too high. It might not be pharma bro levels, but it's definitely taking advantage of the system. The company also has abnormally high complaint rates, of tests taking way longer than average for their area, not returning at all in some cases, and having worse false test rates than most, which suggest the labs are being run half-assed, yet charging like they're state of the art.

So this probably isn't Trump or megachurch-level fraud, but it definitely looks like some bullshiat's going on here.

This is not "taking advantage of the system".  If you don't train your staff, buy enough freezers, buy enough lab capacity, pay to properly dispose of medical waste, etc, then it is very inexpensive to run a "clinic".  It's also illegal.

I'm assuming that criminal charges will be coming.


They'll be fined a couple of million, promise to pay it and....    emigrate

Rolling Stones had an article during the GWB years of a military contractor who'd get a bid for kevlar helmets, find a cheaper Korean knock off, wine and dine the guppies at Government Services who'd approve the cheaper one that didn't offer any protection.  Well, the Taliban have 'em now so I'm just gonna sit in a corner for 15 minutes.
 
2022-01-18 7:49:39 AM  
I am sure that an audit won't stop the party dead in its tracks or have him scuttling off to be some middle class schlub with a paltry 120M in Dubai.
 
2022-01-18 7:57:19 AM  
How the lottery, er Covid changed my life. No matter what happens, they'll be broke in six months. They're just bored and depressed. If you have a hundred dollar dinner every night of the week it becomes routine. Bragging online just proves the novelty of those cars has already worn off. From the looks of their other businesses, this isn't the first time they've burned through their cash but we'll see. 🧐
 
2022-01-18 7:57:36 AM  

hubiestubert: I am sure that an audit won't stop the party dead in its tracks or have him scuttling off to be some middle class schlub with a paltry 120M in Dubai.


As long as a portion goes to the Republican National Party, he's golden. Hell, I could live for weeks on what he made in a day.
 
2022-01-18 7:57:58 AM  
What a Countach
 
2022-01-18 7:58:46 AM  
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2022-01-18 7:59:52 AM  
What I can't understand is the attraction people have for those "supercars". They're pretty much undrivable on public roads. They're built to go as fast as possible when spinning into the jersey barrier.
 
2022-01-18 8:00:59 AM  
I believe the Center for Covid Control is the same company that recently got busted in South Florida for faking all of their Covid tests. These people are going to end up doing time.
 
2022-01-18 8:03:14 AM  
I'm guessing these rich pricks don't care they ran a shady testing company which probably provided extremely unsecure/unreliable tests during a pandemic, potentially causing more deaths?
 
2022-01-18 8:05:06 AM  
If he was white, this article wouldn't have been written. 
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2022-01-18 8:09:32 AM  
Things fall apart.
The center cannot hold.
 
2022-01-18 8:19:39 AM  
How did this guy keep getting money from investors to fail at all these businesses?  It is like there is an entirely separate class of people who are allowed to continuously fail at things, and always given additional chances and access to resources the vast majority of us are never given too.  Then these people use all that opportunity to become self entitled crooks.
 
2022-01-18 8:23:02 AM  

winedrinkingman: How did this guy keep getting money from investors to fail at all these businesses?  It is like there is an entirely separate class of people who are allowed to continuously fail at things, and always given additional chances and access to resources the vast majority of us are never given too.  Then these people use all that opportunity to become self entitled crooks.


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2022-01-18 8:31:51 AM  

mehhhhhh: If he was white, this article wouldn't have been written. [Fark user image image 425x238]


*eyeroll*
Had you said "if he was white already rich prior to this scam" you may have had a point.
 
2022-01-18 8:39:34 AM  
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2022-01-18 8:51:42 AM  
These people who scam the government for large sums of money and immediately spend it on luxury goods....

Do they think no one will notice? That the government won't be interested in the fact they're several million dollars richer?

I don't understand the rationale behind this behavior
 
2022-01-18 8:55:54 AM  
No matter the crisis, legal or illegal, the profiteers always show up and they do quite well.
 
2022-01-18 8:57:03 AM  
You know, between the Juggalo posers and the Axe Throwing fadsters, it's driving up the prices on quality tools for the modern Axe Murderer. So, find yourself another hobby, pronto, or, well, y'know,
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2022-01-18 9:00:54 AM  

Gulper Eel: The point was only incidentally to help people.

The main point was for members of Congress to take credit for throwing money around. Future generations?

This shiat passed unanimously, btw.


with a Special Inspectr General to rde herd...n Trump just failed t appoint after it passed
 
2022-01-18 9:04:23 AM  
It's too bad greed got the best of these folks because it seems like it would have been a pretty easy template to work off of.

Make one testing center to "standard" (fridge, wifi, whatever) and then contract out that design in full to build as need.

I'd probably use an external staffing company to boot as long as it's all legit and sit back and collect my cars worry free albeit at a slower rate.
 
2022-01-18 9:08:21 AM  

MythDragon: I'm sure this person will see much jail time and the federal government will take back those fraudulently gotten assets. Right?


Well, we've all gotten our humor for the day...
 
2022-01-18 9:20:53 AM  
I don't get what all the fuss is about. All we have here is some folks being all bootstrappy and living the American dream.

/I often ponder where I would be if I had no morals
 
2022-01-18 9:24:18 AM  

MythDragon: I'm sure this person will see much jail time and the federal government will take back those fraudulently gotten assets. Right?


It seems like they were able to actually do the work (albeit sloppily) for almost a year until omicron overloaded them.

I'm sure he made some fraudulent claims along the way though.
 
2022-01-18 9:26:36 AM  

trerro: Bragging about a lambo collection just makes you a dick, and lots of people have weird career paths, including in terms of what businesses they found. What matters is whether the money his testing labs pulled in was legitimate or not - were they actually doing their job, and were they charging a reasonable rate?...

...and FTFA, it's no to both. $100/test is way too high. It might not be pharma bro levels, but it's definitely taking advantage of the system. The company also has abnormally high complaint rates, of tests taking way longer than average for their area, not returning at all in some cases, and having worse false test rates than most, which suggest the labs are being run half-assed, yet charging like they're state of the art.

So this probably isn't Trump or megachurch-level fraud, but it definitely looks like some bullshiat's going on here.


My understanding (and I only skimmed the article) is they were doing OK, not great, but ok, until the number of people wanting to get tested for omicron crushed them.

But as I said, didn't read it carefully, so that may not be quite right.
 
2022-01-18 9:27:54 AM  

hubiestubert: I am sure that an audit won't stop the party dead in its tracks or have him scuttling off to be some middle class schlub with a paltry 120M in Dubai.


Yeah, but the way he spends money, he'll be broke in 6 weeks.
 
2022-01-18 9:41:43 AM  

Natalie Portmanteau: hubiestubert: I am sure that an audit won't stop the party dead in its tracks or have him scuttling off to be some middle class schlub with a paltry 120M in Dubai.

Yeah, but the way he spends money, he'll be broke in 6 weeks.


To be fair, all the cool kids in Dubai already have Lambos, so he might have to go out and get a real job if he wants to keep up appearances.
 
2022-01-18 9:57:51 AM  
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2022-01-18 10:14:40 AM  

pastramithemosterotic: These people who scam the government for large sums of money and immediately spend it on luxury goods....

Do they think no one will notice? That the government won't be interested in the fact they're several million dollars richer?

I don't understand the rationale behind this behavior


I wonder that as well, their first thing they should be doing is plotting their escape to a non extradition country and piling up cash there for the future. Maybe they just think they are too smart and clever to get caught or told themselves they have done nothing wrong. Corporations can get away with it by paying a fine because they have politicians on their payroll. This guy not so much seems like he bit off more than he can chew and is just holding the tiger by the tail at this point.
 
2022-01-18 10:18:19 AM  
Anyone who started an axe throwing business should have been DQ'd from any government funds for life.
 
2022-01-18 10:22:37 AM  

justanotherfarkinfarker: Anyone who started an axe throwing business should have been DQ'd from any government funds for life.


Axe throwing is an activity that has a cult following.  It's like going to the archery range or shooting range - except instead of shooting an arrow or firing a gun, you are throwing an axe.
 
2022-01-18 10:53:33 AM  
If you have a Lamborghini collection, and your oldest is a Countach 5000,

You don't have a collection, hell, even Adam Corella has them going back to the 60's
 
2022-01-18 12:07:03 PM  

Deathfrogg: What I can't understand is the attraction people have for those "supercars". They're pretty much undrivable on public roads. They're built to go as fast as possible when spinning into the jersey barrier.


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2022-01-18 1:19:27 PM  

MythDragon: I'm sure this person will see much jail time and the federal government will take back those fraudulently gotten assets. Right?


Jail is for armed robbery. Unarmed robbery is not a crime apparently.
 
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