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Ontario Man Arrested After Landing At Toronto Pearson With A Fake Negative COVID-19 Test

Officers say the man had in fact tested positive for COVID-19.
Peel Police Arrested A Man For Using A Fake Negative COVID-19 Test At Pearson Airport

An Ontario man has been charged by Peel Police for using a fraudulent COVID-19 document to try and get through Pearson Airport. 

Peel Police said that the man had tested positive for COVID-19, but manipulated his test result document so it looked like it was negative.

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[He was] arrested and charged for Unlawfully Did Knowingly Use a Forged Document. Peel Police

The incident took place at Pearson Airport on Monday, February 8.

In a statement, police say a 29-year-old man from Stratford, Ontario, arrived at the airport via an international flight, although they declined to say which flight it was.

When he attempted to get through a Canada Border Services Agency inspection checkpoint, officials realized the document was in fact fraudulent.

The man was arrested and charged with knowingly using a forged document, and he will appear in front of the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton in April.

After the arrest, police officers escorted the man to a quarantine hotel for his required isolation period.

Canada now mandates that international travellers provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test and the government said that failure to comply could result in a $5,000 fine.

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