Man Arrested For Faking Coronavirus

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Jeffrey Travis Long was arrested after he gave his employer a fake doctor's note that said he had coronavirus.

Spartanburg County, SC – Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man who lied about having coronavirus and ended up shutting down the entire company where he worked.

The shutdown occurred after Jeffrey Travis Long brought a doctor’s note to his supervisor at Sitel Corp. on March 13 that said he had tested positive for the coronavirus, WSPA reported.

“Dear Mr. Long,” the letter, which purported to be from Charles George VA Medical Center, began. “I am writing at your request to provide a note for your work regarding missing days.”

“You were seen at Primary Care 1 here at the CGVAMC on 03/13/2020 with a positive test for the COVID-19 virus. You may return to work on 03/27/2020 following retesting on 03/27/2020. Please let us know if you require anything further,” the letter read, according to WSPA.

The letter was sign by a doctor identified as Long’s primary care physician.

Long told his employer, Sitel Corp, that he had tested positive and the company was forced to shut down for five days in order to clean and take preventative measures, WSPA reported.

He also submitted the forged note to his child’s school in Inman to excuse an absence.

The note delivered to the school set off a firestorm and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office investigated in partnership with the Inman police, WSPA reported.

Investigators learned that Long had not visited his primary care physician in the past two weeks, and that he had not tested positive for coronavirus.

The doctor said Long’s letter was fraudulent, WSPA reported.

Inman Police Chief Keith Tucker said that the hospital Long named in his forged note wasn’t even giving coronavirus tests at the time, WYFF reported.

“Seems to me like the fellow just wanted a two-week paid vacation,” Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright told reporters on Thursday. “You can’t do this to people. To have someone do this is absolutely crazy.”

Sitel Corp. announced that Long had been fired in a statement sent out on Thursday, WSPA reported.

“On March 13, we reported to authorities that an employee at our Spartanburg, South Carolina site self-reported testing positive for COVID-19,” Sitel said in a statement. “Once reported, we immediately evacuated employees from the Spartanburg site and conducted rigorous sanitization of the entire facility.”

“Today, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office alerted Sitel that this employee made fraudulent claims about testing positive for COVID-19,” the statement continued. “Based on these fraudulent claims, the Spartanburg Sheriff’s Office has issued an arrest warrant for this individual. The individual is no longer employed at Sitel.”

Long was arrested and charged with breach of peace and forgery, WSPA reported.

He could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

Long was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center pending his arraignment, WSPA reported.

Comments (105)
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

so this guy is arrested for lying about 2 weeks' vacation, yet numerous companies can lie about their profits to the tune of billions, pay a nominal fee, and still get bailed out by the government.

Sounds about American.

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RPG156
RPG156

I am curious about what your job is and what part of the country you are from.

JBoH
JBoH

Well now he'll have a vacation much longer than two weeks. That's what happens when you forge documents and lie about a communicable disease. An "Oops my bad" won't work.

Ngtowl
Ngtowl

And yet you have Congress people using the virus’s information they got early on for insider trading to make millions of dollars and nothing happens

bryantrent
bryantrent

What a idiot

Saints
Saints

1st a complete Moran...2nd bet that company shop is very clean....

alicefae
alicefae

Well..... if you dislike America, I’d suggest you move to say.... Italy!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Fraudulent doctor's note for a fraudulent virus. Makes perfect sense.

chiefd
chiefd

Seems to me we are getting away from the most important point. The Chinese coronavisus. I think it's been made a much bigger deal than necessary . The so called Swine Flu was just as bad, yet, Obama was not crucified like Trump when it was running wild. Now, HiestComm Demon, think about the original message or headline

chiefd
chiefd

I haven't lived in a foreign country, but, have spent many day in various ones. From Vietnam, to Kosovo, with Panama, Honduras, Nicaragua and some places I can't say in between. Americans don't shit or piss on the ground like a dog. They don't use a cart and oxen to haul them around. I could go on and on, but, won't. Don't like the USA, move. Or, I'll move you.

Propolice
Propolice

Why are people still replying that POS hcd? Ignore him all together and he’ll get bored and go away.

Propolice
Propolice

I’m still wondering what a idiot person that fakes an illness of this magnitude has to do with thieving politicians. Please let’s just shut hcd out so we’re not DISGUSTED every time it spews it’s moronic banter.

Debraj1
Debraj1

If I were the owner of that company, I would make him pay for the cleaning of the company too.

JustMyTwoCents
JustMyTwoCents

In Colorado, people get up to a month off and just for saying they have symptoms they are told to self-isolate and are still paid. No positive test required. No doctor note required. I have several coworkers who told me, you know I think I might be experiencing symptoms wink, wink, good luck. And they are home now. I wouldn't accuse someone of this except that these people straight up told me they were going to use this to stay home paid.


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