The Washington Post article The government has raided the Florida home of a man who had tried to hide his HIV-positive status from his wife, and is now facing criminal charges, officials said Friday.
The man, identified by the Department of Homeland Security as Steven R. Jones, 54, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with three counts of making false statements to federal authorities, according to a Homeland Security spokesman.
He faces up to a year in prison if convicted.
The arrest came after a weeklong investigation by Homeland Security agents and the FBI.
The agency said it was seeking to determine whether Jones was using the home as a hiding place for HIV.
The FBI has said it is continuing to investigate the matter.
Homeland Security has been investigating suspected instances of HIV-infection among people living in the home, and Jones has been the subject of numerous complaints about his behavior, officials have said.
The federal complaint filed against Jones says he “intentionally lied” to the FBI about his status and that he is responsible for the spread of HIV among others.
It said that in addition to hiding HIV from his partner, Jones also used the home to share his HIV status with others, including the woman who was pregnant with his child.
It also said he provided the woman with false information about his HIV diagnosis, and that in June he admitted that he did not know that he had HIV.
The complaint said that the home was rented from Jones and his wife at a cost of $3,600 a month, and the couple had a joint mortgage.
The couple did not return messages seeking comment Friday.