Woman charged in scheme to sell fake COVID test results to Hawaii-bound travelers
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Utah woman is accused of selling fake negative COVID-19 test results to passengers heading to Hawaii and other locations that required pre-travel testing, court documents say.
Linda Tufui Toli, 28, was charged with wire fraud for setting up false accounts with her job at the Salt Lake City Airport from July 2021 through September 2021.
Tufui Toli used to work for XpresCheck at the airport, a company that provided pre-flight COVID testing services for travel to Hawaii and other destinations.
According to court documents, she charged customers anywhere from $200 to $250 for each fake test result and had them send the money to her personal Cash App or XPres $App accounts or her husband’s Venmo.
At the time, Hawaii’s pre-travel testing program was still in effect, requiring passengers to submit proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within 72 hours before departure, or quarantine for 10 days.
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