Former NBA player Lazar Hayward and friend arrested for uploading fake COVID documents

Two people were arrested in Hawaii for uploading fake tests results of COVID. One of the persons has been identified as Lazar Hayward who was one of the highest scorers in the history of men’s basketball at Marquette University. He and his friend Raven Randle uploaded falsified results into the Safe Travels portal of the state.

Hawaii New Now reported that two visitors from California had been arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Kauai. They flew in to the island on a direct American Airlines flight from LA and were arrested when the plane landed. They had reportedly uploaded fake COVID test results on the state’s portal. Officials said that they had used fake records to avoid quarantine. Unvaccinated visitors and those who test positive have to undergo a 10-day quarantine in the state.

After their application was flagged by Hawaii’s Safe Travels port, 34-year old Hayward and 33-year old Randle were arrested by the state police. They were charged for unsworn falsification.

They were released and driven to Lihue airport where they boarded a direct flight to Los Angeles. There is a pending investment. The Attorney General’s Investigations Department announced that it has launched a thorough probe into the incident. A court date has not as yet been set. Neither of them have commented on the incident.

Hawaii has strict rules as it tries to curb the spread of the delta variant. A major college basketball tournament—the Maui Invitational was scheduled to be held on the island on the weekend before Thanksgiving. It has been shifted to Las Vegas, this season.

According to NBC Sports in the 2010 NBA Draft, out of Marquette, the Washington Wizards picked Hayward at No.30 but he was traded to the Timberwolves, without playing a single game. According to Yahoo Sports he played for three seasons from 2010 to 2013 and 72 games between Minnesota, Oklahoma City and Houston with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets. He averaged 2.9 points and 1.3 rebounds. He was in the 2012 Thunder team that reached the NBA finals. He later played for many G-League teams.

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