A man, 31, has been arrested for getting a fake doctor’s name claiming that he has coronavirus, in order for him to get paid holidays. Instead, it forced his boss to shut the company down for five days whilst it was sanitised as a precaution.
Jeffrey Travis Long, of Inman, was arrested on Thursday and charged with breach of peace and forgery, according to Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright who made an official statement.
The sheriff stated that Long worked at Sitel Corporation, which is a call centre in Spartanburg Country. The company added that he is no longer an employee at the firm.
In the incident report, it reportedly stated that Long showed his employer a forged doctor’s note from a VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, which claimed that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Concerned by the news, this prompted Sitel Corporation to shut down its facility for several days in order to sanitise the building.
Later on, Long reportedly visited a school in which his children attend and this caused officials to become concerned about the other children and families that had potentially become exposed to the deadly virus.
Wright said: “I don’t know the dollar number it cost to disinfect their whole entire building, but it was a large number.
“It wasn’t a hundred bucks. It was more than that.”
Hospital officials then told investigators that they had not seen Long within the previous two weeks and that the note did not even have an official stamp from the facility, Wright stated.
At that present time, the hospital that Long claims he tested positive for COVID-19 at were not even conducting tests, said Inman Police Chief Keith Tucker.
Authorities then arrested and booked Long in at Spartanburg County Detention Center.
It is not known whether or not he had an attorney and the arrest warrants did not list a phone number.
Wright added: “It seems to me like the fella just wanted a two-week, paid vacation.
“You can’t do this to people.”
Apparently, this is the second time in recent days that someone has been arrested in South Carolina for lying about having coronavirus. This man was also arrested for breach of peace.