Yaron Oren-Pines, who claims to be a Silicon Valley entrepreneur has reportedly duped New York state of $69million just by tweeting at US President Trump that he could supply 1450 ventilators to help the state battle against Covid-19.
As ‘States were forced to fend for themselves to purchase lifesaving supplies to combat a global pandemic and with all modeling showing a more severe spread of this virus with more hospitalizations and more fatalities.’
Trump posted a tweet on March 27 urging American companies to ‘START MAKING VENTILATORS, NOW!’
Oren-Pines, founder of networking solutions company Legasus Networks, then replied to Trump’s Tweet saying: ‘We can supply ICU Ventilators, invasive and noninvasive. Have someone call me URGENT.’
The price of the ventilators, $47,656 each for 1,450 ventilators, is almost times three of the actual price and the state say they paid the high amount out of desperation as they battled the Coronavirus pandemic and the toll it brought to the health system
The fraudster who is actually an electrical engineer, was paid $47,656 each for 1,450 ventilators by New York state in March after he tweeted at Trump.
Dome International, a Brooklyn company, was given almost $116 million for 5,700 ventilators in two separate payments – which have also not been supplied
According to source, Over one month since he was paid the whooping sum of $69 million, New York state is yet to receive a single ventilator from him.
No word has been heard from the man as the US have now canceled his contract and are trying to get their money back
This isn’t the first inflated and suspicious contract the NY state government under Governor Andrew Cuomo has entered into since the Coronavirus outbreak in the state.
Media agencies in the US don’t even know if the photo on the man’s twitter profile is actually that of Oren-Pines.