Peel cops arrest man over fake COVID-19 contact claim

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 31, 2020

A 39-year-old Brampton, Ont. man is accused of lying about a family member testing positive for COVID-19 in order to get out of work.

In response, the business owner shut down and sent all of his employees home.

Since the officer is believed to have contracted the virus through "non-work-related contact", police aren't sharing which division the officer worked out of. He added that the officer has been off work since March 16, and is now in self-isolation.

He said he caught the illness after coming into close contact with a family member who had tested positive.

After an investigation, it was determined that information was false and there was no family member exposed or sick.

Peel Regional Police stations were closed to the public on March 18. He was released ahead of a future court date at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.

For instances of damage to properties and vehicles as well as theft or lost property, reports can be filed on the Peel Regional Police website.

The accused now faces a charge of public mischief.

Surprisingly, though, this isn't even the first time in the last week that someone has pretended to have the disease, which is killing thousands of people worldwide.

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