CT man faked testing positive for COVID-19 to avoid court date: officials

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ROCKY HILL, Conn. (WCBS 880) -- A Connecticut man was charged Wednesday for faking a positive COVID-19 case in order to avoid his day in court.

Junior Jumpp, 31, of Hartford, was arrested and charged with a count of forgery and fabricating physical evidence following an investigation by the state’s Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State's Attorney.

According to an affidavit, Jumpp was out on bond following an arrest in connection to several cases on the condition that he wouldn’t be arrested in connection to other crimes.

On Nov. 16, members of the Hartford Police Department arrested Jumpp and charged him with threatening and breach of peace. 10 days later, South Windsor police arrested him and charged him with interfering with an officer and breach of peace.

He was ordered to appear in New Britain Superior Court on Nov. 30 due to his multiple arrests while out on bond.

But the day before, Jumpp’s counsel told a judge that he received a screenshot from his client that alleged to show he tested positive for COVID-19. He was subsequently excused from appearing.

But an investigation apparently showed that the test notification was forged so that he didn’t have to appear in court, officials said.

Jump is now being held on $25,000 bond and has 12 pending cases against him.

If found guilty of the latest charges, Jumpp faces a minimum of one year and a maximum of five years in prison.

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