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McDonald’s worker charged after faking a case of COVID-19

Hamilton restaurant was shut down, employees sent home after fake doctor's note presented


March 30, 2020
By Talent Canada Staff

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An 18-year-old woman has been charged after she faked having COVID-19 to get out of working at a McDonald’s restaurant in Hamilton.

Police received information from the Hamilton Public Health Services about an individual who had created a fake doctor’s note with fraudulent medical information about testing positive for the virus.

“The fake note was presented to a restaurant supervisor on March 19,” Hamilton police said in a press release. “The McDonald’s restaurant, located on Rymal Road, took immediate safety actions by closing the store and sending all employees home to self-isolate.”

The restaurant remained closed for several days while professional cleaning services worked to sanitize the store.

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“There has been a significant impact on the restaurant, local customers and employees which instigated the need for police involvement,” the police service said.

On March 26, police arrested and charged an 18-year-old female from Hamilton with fraud and mischief. She has been charged with:

  • Mischief Over $5000
  • Fraud Under $5000
  • Use a Forged Document
  • Make Forged Document

She was released on an undertaking and expected to appear in court on May 18.