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December 5, 2020 Coronavirus (Covid-19) No Comments Email Email

You knew this was inevitable, right?

Once the airlines and destinations started requiring documentation that travellers were negative for COVID-19, it was just a matter of time before a whole new subculture popped up.

And a nefarious one, at that.

Officials in France said Friday that seven people have been arrested for selling false certificates of negative coronavirus tests to travellers at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris.

Six men and one woman, ranging in age from 29 to 52, were charged with forgery, use of forgery, and complicity in fraud.

The prosecutor’s office in Bobigny, a suburb of Paris, said the faked certificates were being sold to travellers for 150 to 300 euros, or about $240 to $485.

The arrests came as part of an investigation that started with the discovery of a passenger who checked in for a September flight to Addis Ababa with a phony document that certified receiving negative test results.

Edited by: Joe Cusmano

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