Group producing fake RT-PCR tests nabbed

Police have arrested in Las Piñas City another group of people producing fake RT-PCR or reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test results.

Suspects Frederick Jude Sena, 46, of Barangay Talon, Las Piñas City, Janice Dasco, 35, of Sabang, Naic, Cavite, and Gabriela Dimaano, 21, of San Nicolas, Bacoor, also in Cavite, were arrested in an entrapment operation. Southern Police District operatives raided the suspects’ ‘clinic’ on Real Street, Alabang Zapote Road in Barangay Talon I. around 4 p.m. following information about their alleged illegal activity.

Initial investigation showed that the clinic was producing, issuing and selling fake RT-PCR test results for P1,500 a copy.

The pieces of evidence recovered from the establishment were two RT-PCR test results under the name of patients Ireneor Custodio Jr. and Joey Tecson; four Rapid Test Results under the names of Esminda Biag, Carl Jerome Morelos, Razel Relon and Gerardo Lacalinao; Certification of Registration and DTI Business registration and Mayor’s Permit under the name of Dasco, Janice Arlada; personal computer and accessories; and equipment used in sniffing prohibited substances.

The suspects and the recovered pieces of evidence were brought to Las Piñas City Police Station Drug Enforcement Unit.

SPD director Eliseo Cruz commended his men for the arrest of the suspects.

He said the police operation was in compliance with the instruction from the Department of Interior and Local Government to arrest and intensify the crackdown against people engaged in producing fake RT-PCR test results and medical certificates.

“Faking RT-PCR tests and other health documents is dangerous and punishable by law,” he said.

The latest police operation came more than a week after the arrest in Quiapo, Manila, of six other people also engaged in the falsification of RT-PCR test results and IATF travel authority.

The items recovered from the suspects included the P93,000 in marked money used in the entrapment operation, two computer monitors and two central processing units, four mobile phones, one computer printer, assorted documents of Red Cross COVID-19 RT-PCR Swab Test Results and IATF Travel Authority issued by the PNP.

The government reiterated its call to the public not to deal with unscrupulous individuals offering fake COVID-19 swab test results and other required documents relative to health and safety protocol.

It warned the public not to resort to unlawful means that would violate the standard health protocol and might bring risk to their health and their family.

Topics: Las Piñas City , reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test results , fake RT-PCR tests
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