Reditus Labs’ Aaron Rossi faces new criminal charges as federal investigation expands
Federal prosecutors are expanding their criminal case against Aaron Rossi, adding multiple charges that accuse the CEO of Reditus Labs of lying about being a doctor and stealing from his former employer.
Rossi, of Bloomington, was charged in March with three counts of federal tax evasion. This week, Rossi was charged with six additional counts of mail fraud, adding to a litany of legal troubles for a contractor whose company, Reditus, made hundreds of millions of state contracts for COVID testing. -19 and created hundreds of jobs in Beijing.
In the new charges, Rossi is accused of defrauding his former employer, Central Illinois Orthopedic Surgery in Bloomington, from 2014 to 2018. Rossi was an office manager there and also worked as a surgical assistant. Prosecutors say Rossi defrauded the company and its owners out of more than $1 million. He used the money to rent a private jet, make payments on a personal credit card and buy an A/V system for his home, prosecutors said. The mail fraud charges relate to several Amazon purchases Rossi allegedly made in 2017 as part of the scheme, prosecutors said.
Federal prosecutors say part of the scheme involved Rossi misrepresenting himself as a doctor, which he was not. (He went to medical school in Barbados but never earned a license in Illinois and never did a residency.) Prosecutors say he continued to do so even after the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) told him to stop.
Rossi’s spokeswoman, Natalie Bauer Luce, issued a statement to WGLT in response to the new accusations:
“We are very disappointed that the government has chosen to expend public resources to intervene in a private dispute between former trading partners based on claims about minor e-commerce purchases from 5 years ago,” a- she declared. “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 from family, friends and community during this difficult time.”
The new criminal charges partly echo allegations made by the IDFPR against Rossi in a complaint filed earlier this year. The IDFPR accused Rossi of prescribing drugs at least eight times without authorization, among other charges. The status of this disciplinary proceeding is unclear.
After Rossi’s move to Central Illinois Orthopedic Surgery, he re-opened orthotics company PAL Health Technologies in Beijing and launched Reditus Labs, which won contracts in the state of Illinois totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for coronavirus testing. Rossi and Reditus remain embroiled in a civil litigation in Tazewell County Court, with former business partners accusing Rossi of mishandling company money and spending it lavishly on himself. Rossi amassed a fleet of luxury cars and at least two private jets, WGLT reported.
Reditus’ financial management is currently in receivership, which a judge has approved to remove Rossi from any control of the company’s finances. He is still listed as CEO on the Reditus website.
Rossi pleaded not guilty to previous criminal charges. His spokesman said Rossi’s opponents were trying his case in the media and were “looking forward to having our day in court”.