Trial date for woman accused of forging COVID test results

A trial date has been set for a 34-year-old woman accused of forging 80 negative COVID-19 tests since last November.

Prosecutors charged Laderia Russell with forgery and possession of forged documents after the fraudulent test results in the names of different people were allegedly found in her cellphone.

Russell, of Grantanna Subdivision, off Cowpen Road, has denied the 160 counts against her.

Chief Magistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt completed Russell’s arraignment on Monday by reading 70 counts of forgery to her.

Due to the number of charges, Ferguson-Pratt split the arraignment over three days.

Ferguson-Pratt set a trial date of August 24 through 26.

However, Russell’s lawyer, Ian Cargill, said he wanted to raise a preliminary point before the trial starts.

According to Cargill, most of the charges are duplicitous.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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