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.