Larry Barker Investigation Documents re: “Millions of dollars, questionable PPE, and a forgery”

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – On March 11, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic officially became a crisis in New Mexico. Larry Barker investigated how a business in Santa Fe called Bionet NM offered to supply the state with critical medical equipment. However, the state ended up paying nearly $8,000,000 for counterfeit masks.

Bionet Press Release Regarding Investigation

Below is the press release from Bionet regarding investigations being conducted by the FBI and the New Mexico Attorney General’s office. According to the statement, Bionet “believes it is a material witness to the events that took place with another third-party medical company, which is likely the target of the investigation.”

Forged Letter

Below is a forged letter that was written on New Mexico National Guard stationary authorizing a Texas firm to obtain PPE from “factories in China” through a New Mexico vendor. The vendor number referenced in the letter is assigned to Bionet. When you take a close look at the letter, you can see that there are spelling errors on the letterhead.

Rejected PPE Shipment

Below is an invoice from when the arriving shipment of PPE was rejected.

Affirmation of NM vendor Bionet

Below is an image of an email showing communication between the State of New Mexico and Bionet NM. The email shows details of the State’s order for masks from Bionet NM. (Click image to zoom in on text)

Tips on how to avoid counterfeit masks

Document below is courtesy of the American Dental Association. The infographic shows tips on how to spot counterfeit masks online as well as red flags to watch out for. It also shows how to tell if your N95 mask is counterfeit.

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