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Man arrested over fake QR codes

28 Apr 2021 2:47pm

An Edwardstown man has been arrested after he allegedly placed fake QR codes over business COVID check-in QR codes.

On Wednesday 28 April 2021, members of SAPOL’s COVID Compliance Section attended an address in Edwardstown following allegations that false QR codes has been placed over business QR Codes at South Plympton on Sunday 25 April.

As a result, a 51-year-old man was arrested and charged with two counts of obstructing operations carried out relative to COVID-19 under the Emergency Management Act.

He was further charged with possess prohibited weapon after police searched the man's home allegedly finding a double-side knife which is classified as a prohibited weapon.

The arrested man has been refused bail and will appear before Adelaide Magistrates Court later today.

Any person found to be tampering or obstructing with business QR codes will likely face arrest and court penalty of up to $10,000.

SAPOL reassure the public that no personal data has been released through these fake QR codes.

The police investigation is continuing.  If a business or customer suspects that a false QR code has been attached to a COVID Safe Plan they should contact the police assistance line on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.