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West Yorkshire covid test scandal: Business and individuals face crown court charges

Business and five individuals face crown court over Covid test charges

A West Yorkshire business and five individuals will appear in Crown Court next month, facing numerous charges relating to Covid 19 tests.

RT Diagnostics, based in Dewsbury, faces 11 charges including misleading customers that their Covid 19 test results would be returned within 24 hours and ringing a customer late at night to get them pressure them to remove a negative review from a website.

These charges, and charges against five people, were heard at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Magistrates were told that the case was so serious it could only be dealt with in the Crown Court.

The case is being brought by West Yorkshire Trading Standards.

Among the 11 charges facing RT Diagnostics are that is

  • engaged in a commercial practice which was aggressive, namely calling a consumer late in the evening stating they would receive a refund if they removed negative posts online.
  • engaged in a commercial practice which, by omission, was misleading in that its factual context hid material information, namely that the product had been approved, endorsed or authorised by a public or private body
  • engaged in a commercial practice which was a misleading action in that it contained false information and was therefore untruthful, namely claiming on the company website that all test results would be sent to consumers within 24 hours
  • carrying on a business of making or processing medical devices, namely Covid 19 testing kits contrary to safety regulations

Five people also appeared at court charged with offences relating to the business.

  • Lynn Connell, 62 of Ash Hall, Ripponden was charged with causing a public nuisance and carrying on with a business with the intent to defraud creditors, or for other fraudulent purposes.
  • Shahid Malik, 55, of Colne Road Burnley was charged with causing a public nuisance, carrying on with a business with the intent to defraud creditors, or for other fraudulent purposes and concealing / disguising / converting / transferring / removing criminal property.
  • Paul Moore, 54, of Plover Street, Burnley, was charged with causing a public nuisance and carrying on with a business with the intent to defraud creditors, or for other fraudulent purposes.
  • Faisal Shoukat, 36, of Saville Park, Halifax was charged with causing a public nuisance, carrying on with a business with the intent to defraud creditors, or for other fraudulent purposes and concealing / disguising / converting / transferring / removing criminal property.
  • Alexander Zarneh, 69, of Wood Lane Hipperholme was charged with causing a public nuisance and carrying on with a business with the intent to defraud creditors, or for other fraudulent purposes.

Connell, Shokat and Zarneh pleaded not guilty to their charges, while Moore and Malik gave no indication as to their plea.

All the charges put to the five individuals relate to a period between March 3 2021 and September 1 2021,

The case will next be heard at Bradford Crown Court on May 23.

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