Henry Sylvain Gindt II of New York has been accused of selling stolen COVID-19 testing kits and then not supplying test results to consumers.
Gindt, 34, claims that he is a former White House official.
He has been charged with mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for offering home-testing kits to consumers. Allegedly he obtained the tests illegally from a lab employee. The tests were reportedly sold for $135 to $200 each.
Gindt owns a company called YouHealth, Inc. The press release for his company states that he is a “former Trump Administration official who helped launch the Office of American Innovation at The White House with Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump.”
It is not clear if Gindt worked under or with the Trump’s, but records do show that a Henry S. Gindt was a federal employee in 2017 and 2018 under the category “Miscellaneous Administration and Program.”
On March 18, Gindt posted the following to his Facebook page, “YouHealth just launched the country’s first at-home test kits for coronavirus, priced @ cost using the Thermo Fisher test which received FDA approval this week. Learn more here.”
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh, Gindt falsely claimed to be affiliated with a certified lab that would analyze the buyers’ samples.
“Let this be a message to anyone who wants to scam our fellow citizens during this pandemic: The Department of Justice will take swift action to disrupt your scheme and then we will arrest you,” U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said.
“Gindt tried to profit from the pandemic by selling stolen test kits and services without ever delivering the promised results,” Brady added in a statement. “Instead, we shut him down and now he is facing prison time.”
Gindt’s company, YouHealth is a “telemedicine and personalized nutrition, wellness, and DNA genetics testing company.” The company advertised coronavirus tests on its website and also through unsolicited emails to Pennsylvania consumers. One consumer who received the email tipped off the authorities.
An affidavit in support of the criminal complaint says that Gindt did not conduct medical screening prior to shipping the kits to consumers via FedEx. Buyers received a request to complete a medical questionnaire to screen for coronavirus symptoms after they had already purchased the product.
The company’s website claimed that it was capable of running “3,000 tests per day through its lab partners,” the affidavit states.
Chase Clowser, who is a U.S. Secret Service agent, attempted to buy a testing kit from the company back on April 1, but couldn’t complete the purchase. He then called customer service and according to the affidavit, Gindt answered the phone.
Clowser says that Gindt told him his samples would be processed at a lab in Georgia and that his father, Dr. Henry Gindt, would be the individual to review the results.
Several days later, Agent Clowser contacted the lab, but says administrators there “were adamant” they had no connection to YouHealth or its staff. The CEO of the laboratory allegedly determined a former employee identified only as “T.A.” was fired for selling testing kits without authorization.
Reportedly, “T.A.” stole an estimated 50 kits from the lab and sold them to Gindt’s company for $7,500.
In one article, “T.A.” is identified as Tim Allen, chief operating officer of Life Hope Labs in Georgia.
One consumer from Texas, who purchased one of the tests after a local hospital denied them a test even though they displayed coronavirus symptoms. The consumer mailed the test using a pre-paid return label. They say later they were notified the test was damaged during shipping. They requested a refund but never received one.