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 https://www.9news.com.au/national/tradie-fronts-court-after-allegedly-faking-coronavirus-test-result-to-avoid-work-in-lockdown-newcastle-news/434ff5bc-6cb7-4f65-be13-30dceab4efeb