Brampton, Ont. man accused of lying about family member having COVID-19 to get out of work
Arlene Reid is seen here in these undated photos. (Toni Reid)
TORONTO -- A 39-year-old Brampton, Ont. man is accused of lying about a family member testing positive for COVID-19 in order to get out of work.
On Monday morning, police officers in Peel Region were contacted by a man who shut down his business and sent all employees home three days ago.
The business owner told investigators that a worker called in on March 27 and said that a family member of his had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“Further investigation revealed the information was false, there was no family member exposed or sick,” police said in a news release issued on Monday afternoon.
The name of the Brampton, Ont. business has not been released by police.
The accused now faces a charge of public mischief.