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Tradie faces court after allegedly faking positive COVID-19 test

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The young man is accused of lying to his employer about having coronavirus, forcing more than 20 colleagues into isolation.

A young tradesman has faced court accused of faking a positive COVID-19 test to avoid work in Newcastle during the current lockdown.

Jamie Pitman-Muir, 23, did not answer questions after his appearance in court today.

He has been charged with conveying false information that a person was in danger.

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Police allege the young man sent his boss a text message at 4am on Monday, August 2, claiming he had contracted the virus.

His worksite was shut down and 9News understand 25 co-workers were immediately ordered to test and isolate.

Mr Pitman-Muir is accused of trying to back track, but by then NSW Health were involved.

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When officials discovered their records did not match, police were notified and began investigations.

Mr Pitman-Muir did not enter a plea in court today, asking for more time to contact Legal Aid about a charge which carries a maximum five year jail term.

The case returns to court in a fortnight.

Source: 9News

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