Female arrested falsely claimed she had COVID-19

    Palmer, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska State Troopers said a person arrested on outstanding warrants falsely claimed she had tested positive for COVID-19.

    The female was arrested on three outstanding arrest warrants.  After she was placed in the patrol vehicle she made the claim she had recently tested positive.  Troopers began notification and decontamination procedures.

    The woman later retracted her claim.

    Authorities said false claims like this are treated seriously under the law.  A false claim of infection of a highly communicable disease or virus is considered terroristic threatening in the second degree.  It is a class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and up to a $50,000 fine.

    Any person who knowingly sends or delivers a bacteriological or biological substance and places a person in reasonable fear or physical injury, or causes evacuation of a building, public place or business, and causes a serious public inconvenience, is guilty of terroristic threatening in the first degree.  It is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.


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