COVID-19: Indian lab technician in Kuwait arrested for forgoing PCR certificates

Kuwait City: An Indian laboratory technician was arrested for forging fake PCR tests in return for 30 Kuwaiti dinars (Dh365) each, local media reported.

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The 51-year-old technician issued PCR certificates that stated that the COVID-19 test was negative, without even conducting a test.

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He pocketed 6 Kuwaiti dinars in commission for every test, while 24 Kuwaiti dinars went to the private clinic he worked at.

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During his interrogation, he confessed that he forged around 60 PCR tests but did not reveal who the tests were bought by. According to a security source who spoke to Al Qabas, all of those who obtained a fake PCR test were located, with the majority being outside the country. The source added that they will be arrested upon their return to the country.

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The accused has been referred to Public Prosecution and the private clinic has been shut.

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Although the accused was arrested on Friday, the authorities had been monitoring him for five days to gather enough evidence and catch him in the act of selling a forged PCR test.

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