Fake COVID Test Results in Additional Charges for Gering Man

Fake COVID Test Results in Additional Charges for Gering Man
November 15th, 2021 | Ryan Murphy

A 31-year-old Gering man who is already facing resentencing on drug and weapons charges for violating probation is facing additional criminal charges for forging a positive COVID test.

Jonathan Latham is accused of altering his brother’s positive COVID-19 document and using it as his own to get his sentencing date postponed.

Latham was arrested following a 2019 car crash and was found to be in possession of more than three grams of methamphetamine and a handgun. He had been sentenced to three years of probation, but after several violations, probation was revoked.

He was scheduled to be resentenced on November 3rd, but was granted a continuance after submitting a positive COVID test to the court. Further investigation revealed that Latham had photocopied and doctored his brother’s test from mid-October and submitted it as his own.

He’s now facing fresh charges including 2nd Degree Forgery and Tampering With Physical Evidence, and is slated to make his first appearance on those charges today in Scotts Bluff County Court.


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