A 38-year-old man has been charged in relation to the alleged fraudulent use of identification and ‘proof of vaccination’ documentation at a venue in Burswood on Wednesday 12 January 2022.
The man attended the venue, which is deemed a high-risk venue under the COVID Restrictions (Gatherings and Related Measures) Directions (No. 5), and was required by security staff to provide identification and evidence of being vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus in order to gain entry to the venue. The man presented a WA driver’s licence and used a mobile phone to show a digital vaccination certificate. He was allowed to enter the venue.
Security staff at the venue had concerns regarding the evidence they had been shown by the man and requested police attend to make further inquiries into those concerns.
Upon arrival officers spoke to the man in question and it will be alleged he provided the same information he had provided to security, however when he was asked to validate the vaccination certificate by logging into an online Medicare system he claimed to have forgotten the password. The driver’s licence and mobile phone were seized for further investigation.
Further inquiries were conducted and it will be alleged the man had provided a false name to both security and police, and that the driver’s licence and vaccination certificate belonged to another person. Yesterday, Saturday 15 January 2022, the man was located at a residence in Balcatta. He has been charged with:
– Failed to Comply with a Direction;
– Give False Personal Details to Police; and
– Induce Person to Abstain from a Lawful Act by Fraud.
He is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday 9 February 2022.
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