Wuhan lab may have fraudulently double-billed US Government for coronavirus ... trends now
US taxpayers may have paid twice for grants used to fund coronavirus research in Wuhan feared to have started the pandemic.
Diane Cutler, chief investigator of health policy at the United States Senate, found evidence that points to 'potential theft of Government funds'.
Documents seen by CBS News suggest that the US Government may have paid twice for experiments carried out at the Wuhan lab, through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Congressional hearings on the origins of Covid-19 have brought the lab-leak theory back to the fore.
The FBI and Energy Department recently declared that an accidental lab leak from the lab is plausible.
The US Government might have paid twice for things such as medical supplies, equipment, travel and salaries in the Wuhan lab
Documents suggest the Wuhan Institute of Virology double-billed the US Government for its experiments
Dr Peter Daszak (left), president of EcoHealth Alliance, pictured with Dr Anthony Fauci (right)
Ms Cutler, was looking into US Government grants that supported coronavirus-related research in China in the lead up to the pandemic.
Republican Sen. Roger Marshall hired Ms Cutler and presented her records to USAID and its internal watchdog, who started an investigation of their own.
Documents, seen by CBS News, suggest that the US Government may have paid twice for experiments carried out at the Wuhan lab, through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
Ms Cutler looked at more than 50,000 documents, showing potential double payments for things such as medical supplies, equipment, travel and salaries.
She told CBS News: 'What I've found so far is evidence that points to double billing, potential theft of Government funds'.
'It is concerning,