An Irish WELL celebrity who was arrested on suspicion of producing bogus Covid certificates could face up to ten years in prison.
The famous Irishman could be prosecuted under the Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Act 2001 – which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
It comes after he was arrested for questioning this week about what Mr. gardai described as “the product of a fake musical instrument” last year.
The Irish Sun revealed on Friday that the man in his 40s, who is not known for his anti-vax views, was arrested on Thursday and taken to a garda station in Dublin.
The famous face was later released and a dossier is being prepared for the DPP.
Possibility to decide by cause
ONE Garda A spokesperson told the Irish Sun: “Gardaí conducting investigations into the manufacture of a counterfeit musical instrument in May 2021 arrested a man in his 40s.
“He has since been released without charge with a case being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.”
The Criminal Justice (Theft and Fraud) Act 2001 states: “A person commits forgery if he or she creates a counterfeit instrument with the intention of using it to induce others to accept it as genuine. and for that reason accept it, to take some action, or make some omission, against the prejudice of that person or any other person.
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“A person guilty of forgery may be convicted by indictment, fined or imprisoned for a term not exceeding 10 years, or both.”
Besides the possible 10-year sentence, offenders can also commit the crime of using a fake Covid certificate, which carries a maximum fine of €2,000.
EU Vaccine certificates came into effect last summer and they are a requirement for entry into hospitality environments, such as pubs, restaurants, cafes or food courts.
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The need for a vaccine certificate for entry into the hospitality industry was eliminated in the most recent upgrade Covid-19 Government restrictions – but they are still a requirement for international travel.
Officers are known to have suspected celebrities of using fake PCR-passing tests to travel to and from Ireland on flights – without having to undergo a legal test for COVID.
Despite the fact that the anonymous celebrity is well known in showbiz at home and abroad with a career spanning several decades, he has yet to comment publicly on these allegations.
https://www.thesun.ie/news/8286280/well-known-irish-celeb-bogus-covid-certs-decade-prison/ Irish celebrity arrested on suspicion of producing bogus Covid vaccine certificates could face DECADE in prison