Alabama Woman In Virgin Islands Jail After Fake COVID Test Result

Oh no! Say it ain't so. This Alabama woman lands herself in jail all over a COVID-19 test.

So we know that many popular vacation destinations are open to tourists. The U.S Virgin Islands is known as one of the hottest places to visit in the Caribbean. After they reopened to visitors back in February 2021, the U.S Virgin Islands established a few new travel rules. One of which was that travelers submit a negative COVID-19 molecular or antigen test result taken within five days of travel to the islands to the USVI Travel Screening Portal. 

According to Travel Pulse, 41-year-old Alabama resident Franketa A. Taylor was arrested after uploading a fraudulent COVID-19 test result to the USVI Travel Screening Portal. Taylor was charged with fraudulent claims upon the government, access to a computer for fraudulent purposes, use of false information, and filing or recording forged instruments after it was discovered she submitted an “altered negative Covid-19 test result” into the portal.

Is it that serious? I'm asking for both parties. On one hand, why is the trip that serious that you'd fake COVID test results just to go? On the other hand, faking COVID-19 test results is serious enough for jail time?!

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I guess when you look at the grand scheme of things and how many people have died from the virus, it is. Especially when you're considered an outsider visiting another community. What if she had COVID and put all of the people in the U.S Virgin Islands in danger?

The crazy thing is, she's not the only one to be arrested for this same charge. Just days before, the Virgin Islands Police Department arrested a 34-year-old and 35 year-old on the same charges.

(Source) To read more about this story visit Travel Pulse.

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