Second man arrested for allegedly selling more than 500 fake coronavirus testing kits

By Thomas Parkes | Birmingham | Crime | Published:

A second man from the West Midlands has been arrested on suspicion of allegedly selling more than 500 fake coronavirus testing kits.

Fake coronavirus kits have been seized by police. Photo: National Crime Agency

The 36-year-old, from Edgbaston in Birmingham, handed himself in at a police station in London on Thursday – and has now been bailed.

The man was arrested for offences under the Fraud Act on June 11 after an appeal was issued by the National Crime Agency.

A 38-year-old who was arrested in the Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, on June 2 for the same offences has also been bailed.

It comes after a crackdown by the National Crime Agency (NCA) on criminals trying to exploit the pandemic.

The products were allegedly sold on the "dark web" across the UK and to the US, police experts have said.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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