SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – A federal judge in San Antonio has issued a temporary restraining order against a New Braunfels business accused of promoting and conducting fraudulent coronavirus testing.
The TRO granted Thursday by U.S. District Court Judge David Ezra prevents Living Health Holistic Healing Center and its owner, Leslie Tatum, from offering COVID-19 tests while the investigation continues.
A civil complaint against Tatum and Living Health claims that they
misled the public into believing they are qualified to both administer COVID-19 diagnostic and serological tests and interpret the results.
Tatum operates a website with the domain name “livinghealthnb.com”, in addition to a Facebook page, which federal authorities say are used to sell coronavirus testing kits for $85. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the test used by Tatum is not authorized by the U.S.Food and Drug Administration to determine whether individuals have an active COVID-19 infection or whether they should take steps to quarantine or isolate themselves from others. Investigators say Tatum, a licensed massage therapist, is not qualified to perform or evaluate the test results.
A hearing on the TRO is scheduled for 9 a.m. August 25, 2020 in Judge Ezra’s court.
Individuals who were tested for COVID-19 at this facility are asked to contact the FBI by calling (210) 225-6741, prompt #1, or go online at www.tips.fbi.gov. Those individuals are also encouraged to contact their primary care physician, local health department, free standing ER, or nearby urgent care facility for re-testing.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can also report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19 by calling the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline (1-866-720-5721) or by
e-mailing the NCDF at [email protected]