Hartford man charged after using false positive COVID test to walk out of bail hearing

HARTFORD – A Hartford man has been charged after using a false positive COVID-19 test to avoid appearing in a bail hearing late last month, according to the state’s Criminal Justice Division.

Police indicted Junior Jumpp, 31, on Tuesday with one count of second-degree forgery and fabricating physical evidence.

The arrest warrant says Jumpp was at large after being indicted in several pending criminal cases. One of the conditions of his release was that he should not be arrested for any other crime, the Criminal Justice Division said.

Jumpp was then arrested by Hartford and South Windsor police on November 16 and 26. Due to the arrests and the breach of his release conditions, a judge ordered him to appear in New Britain’s Superior Court on November 30, according to the DCJ. .

The day before the hearing, on November 29, Jumpp’s attorney told the judge and state attorney’s office that he received a screenshot of Jumpp. The screenshot appeared to be a positive COVID-19 test notification, according to the DCJ.

The judge excused Jumpp from appearing the next day. However, an investigation found that Jumpp fabricated and tampered with the notification to prevent him from showing up for bail review, DCJ said.

For this case, Jumpp is being held on $ 25,000 bail. He currently has 11 pending cases in New Britain Superior Court and one pending case in Hartford Superior Court, which will be transferred to New Britain, according to DCJ.

Second-degree forgery and the fabrication of evidence by Jumpp are both felonies punishable by one to five years in prison and / or a fine of $ 5,000, the DCJ said.

He is due in court on February 3, 2022 in New Britain.

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