Man allegedly ‘pretending to have Covid to get out of WORK’ faces charges – after his colleagues were forced into isolation and nearby businesses undergo an expensive deep clean
- 23-year-old Wollongong man reportedly pretended to have the virus to avoid work
- The man’s colleagues were depressed and isolated as they waited for the test results
- Further investigation confirmed that the man never got a positive test result
- Man was arrested on Thursday and charged to appear in court on September 14
A young man has been charged with fraud after pretending to have Covid-19 to avoid going to work.
The 23-year-old man from Wollongong is said to have sent a text message to his boss at 4.15 am on Monday, August 2, claiming he had contracted the virus and was unable to go to work in Newcastle.
As a result, the man’s colleagues were resigned and forced into self-isolation pending their test results, and several locations near his workplace had to be thoroughly cleaned.
The 23-year-old’s colleagues were dropped off and isolated pending their test results and left several locations near the man’s workplace to be thoroughly cleaned.
Later that day, the young man reportedly sent another text message to his employer saying that a second test he completed for the virus had returned a negative result.
Further investigation into the matter confirmed that the man never received a positive test result for Covid-19.
Further investigation into the case confirmed that the Wollongong man never got a positive test result for Covid-19
The case was referred to NSW Police, while officers from Wollongong Precinct began an investigation.
The man went to Wollongong Police Station on Thursday, where he was arrested and charged with passing on false information that a person or property is in danger.
The man from West Wollongong was released on bail on September 14 to appear in the local Wollongong court.
The man went to Wollongong Police Station on Thursday, where he was arrested and charged, and will appear in Wollongong Court on September 14.