Jasmine Pyfrom sentenced to 6 months in prison for forged COVID-19 test

By Hanan Redwan Published on April 13, 2021
Jasmine Pyfrom sentenced to 6 months in prison for forged COVID-19 test

Jasmine Pyfrom, 21, of Matthew Town, Inagua, pleaded guilty to possession of a forged document and uttering a forged document at her arraignment before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans.

She admitted traveling to Abaco on a forged COVID-19 test result was on Friday sentenced to six months in prison.

In her interview with police, Pyfrom admitted that she did not take an RT-PCR test to travel. She said that her father had sent her the negative test digitally. However, Pyfrom said she had previously taken a COVID-19 result for work, but the test result had expired.

Police arrested Pyfrom on April 7 at Lynden Pindling International Airport after presenting the fake negative test result to a COVID-19 ambassador; the prosecutor, Sergeant 2649 Rondisha Smith, told the court.

The ambassador compared the electronic result in Pyfrom’s iPhone XR to an authentic one and determined it was fraudulent.

Pyfrom had no prior convictions and has a two-year-old daughter.

In sentencing, Vogt-Evans also considered Pyfrom’s lack of remorse, the seriousness of the offense, and the possible effect.

Police on Sunday warned the public against obtaining fake COVID-19 tests.

The statement said, “We urge you to take this warning seriously to avoid prosecution and to help keep you, your family, and the wider community healthy.”

Hanan Redwan

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