Callao: three people arrested for delivering false COVID-19 molecular test to Ecuadorian nun

Agents of the National Police detained three people accused of delivering false results of screenings of COVID-19, through molecular testing, in a travel agency, located in front of the Jorge Chávez International Airport, in Callao.

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América Noticias indicated that these people charged around S / 140 for the documents. They were intervened when they delivered a discard test of Fake COVID-19, to one religious of Ecuadorian nationality identified as Silvia Jackeline Padilla Amaya, who was scheduled to leave the country last Wednesday.

The foreigner indicated that she was not subjected to an analysis, and that the company gave her a certificate stating that she had tested negative for COVID-19. However, the document was not validated by air terminal personnel.

“I paid 35 dollars. And I told them ‘what time are they going to come to do the test’ […] when I approached the airport then they told me that this test is not valid. ‘They’ve scammed you’, they told me “, said Padilla.

Colonel PNP Miguel Navarrete, head of the Airport Security Division, reported that the taxi driver Daniel Nicho, one of the three detainees, was the one who convinced the nun and took her to the travel agency Belmondo Tours & Travel S.A.C., upon learning that the foreigner could miss the flight.

“Not only is it outrageous but it is something illegal and is sanctioned by Peruvian law. This nun did have a test result of COVID-19, but it was overdue. That is, it could not be received by the travel agency because the results must be 72 hours in advance “, He said

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“The presumption that there are other people who have contacted this travel agency is not ruled out”, added the police chief, who clarified that no travel agency has the authorization to issue test results of COVID-19.

The morning indicated that he contacted the company Centro Médico Blau because that name appears in the false document of the result of coronavirus. “It is a forged document. We have a service with the Belmondo agency to attend to those passengers who send, but that passenger has not been scheduled to take a [prueba]”, clarified Felipe Chuquiure Rodríguez, commercial head of the aforementioned company.

The other detainees are Moisés Loayza, in charge of the office that issued the false screening document of COVID-19, and Ruth Cutino. The three intervened will be denounced for crime against public faith and falsification of documents, and could face charges for attacking public health.

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