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Fake COVID test mastermind jailed

Police say they have caught the mastermind behind a fake COVID-19 test scam.

Prosecutors say Laderia Russell, 35, of Grantana Subdivision, has been selling forged results since November 2020. With negative PCR tests a requirement to travel, people wanting to travel without taking costly COVID-19 tests allegedly bought negative results from Russell.

Police have arrested scores of travelers.

Russell faces a total of 160 counts of possession of a forged document and forgery.

Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt has arraigned Russell on 40 counts of possession of a forged document.

She has been remanded to prison overnight and the arraignment will continue tomorrow.

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