PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) — A new federal complaint has cleared Reditus Laboratories CEO Aaron Rossi on six counts of mail fraud.
The new charges, filed as a superseding indictment June 6 in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, expose an alleged scheme Rossi ran from 2014 to 2018 to defraud the company for which he worked, Central Illinois Orthopedic Surgery in Bloomington, and others over a million dollars.
Some of these allegations have already appeared in documents relating to Rossi’s previous complaint to state professional regulators.
“It was part of the scheme by which Rossi presented himself as a doctor and allowed others to mistakenly believe that he was a doctor licensed to practice medicine,” the indictment states. “In truth and in fact, as he well knew, Rossi was not licensed to practice medicine in the State of Illinois and had been ordered by the State Department of Professional Regulation of Illinois to cease and desist from making this misrepresentation.”
In the six counts, prosecutors list six times Rossi allegedly used company money to buy himself items through Amazon in 2017, including a 49-inch TV, a vacuum cleaner and a workout shirt. Nike.
Sources close to Rossi tell us that these particular accusations are a “ridiculous excess”.
“I would like to comment on the ridiculous overreach and abuse of power by prosecutors using the full weight and resources of the federal government to charge an individual with a federal crime for purchasing a t-shirt,” the source said. “I feel like it’s becoming apparent that prosecutors are just throwing things at the wall to see what’s going to stick.”
Local attorney Jon Giraudo is unaffiliated with this case, but is a former Tazewell County prosecutor. Based on his experience, Giraudo says the recent indictment could be part of a broader strategy by prosecutors.
“T-shirts and TVs… It might not be huge or big, but it might be a lot easier to prove,” Giraudo said. “Once they’ve charged them, they have time. They have time to build the case.
The new replacement indictment also incorporates Rossi’s three-count tax evasion indictment from March. In April, Rossi pleaded not guilty to those charges, which accuse him of knowingly filing false tax returns over three years, in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Contacted Friday for comment, Rossi’s spokesperson said responded by calling the charges “minor” and not worthy of public resources.
“We are very disappointed that the government has chosen to expend public resources to intervene in a private dispute between former business partners based on claims about minor e-commerce purchases from 5 years ago,” said spokeswoman Natalie Bauer Luce. “Aaron is proud of his record of building a successful business and creating hundreds of jobs for his community. We look forward to an aggressive defense in court to dispel these allegations. Aaron is extremely grateful for the love and support of his family, friends and community during this difficult time.
Rossi also faces a civil lawsuit filed by business partners, which resulted in the appointment of a receiver in Rossi’s place. In 2020, Reditus received over $220 million in COVID testing contracts in the state of Illinois.
The full indictment appears below.
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