Two arrested for forging Covid-19 test results in UAE
Abu Dhabi - The workers used images of negative test samples previously saved in the system to forge the results.
Two employees at a Covid-19 screening centre in the UAE have been arrested for forging several test results, authorities have said.
Investigations confirmed that the duo used their jobs to falsify test results for a fee, the official spokesperson for the Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Prosecution has said in a statement issued to the state news agency, Wam.
The staff members were found to have been altering images of the negative test results of other people. Then, the people who paid them used these fake results to enter Abu Dhabi.
As soon as their scheme was busted, the Dubai Police arrested the employees and referred them to the prosecution.
The two suspects' criminal offences are punishable by temporary imprisonment and a fine of Dh150,000 up to Dh750,000, the spokesperson said.
The UAE Attorney-General has ordered their detention, while investigations are under way.
"Legal action shall be taken against anyone who fails to abide by the laws, procedures and precautionary measures set to curb the spread of Covid-19," the spokesperson reiterated.
Strict implementation of rules and a zero-tolerance approach are part of the UAE's efforts to fight the pandemic and keep the community safe, the authorities added.