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Two Louisianians try to bribe their way past COVID restrictions

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Posted at 11:15 AM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 12:22:00-05

Two Louisianians were arrested last Friday at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Hawai'i, accused of trying to bribe airport screeners to allow them to bypass the state's mandatory Safe Travels rules, Hawai'i officials say.

A release from the state Attorney General reports that Johntrell White, 29, of Simmesport and Nadia Bailey, 28, of Baton Rouge arrived in Hawai'i without valid COVID-19 exemptions or pre-tests.

White allegedly told an airport screener he would give her $2,000 to pass through without having to quarantine, and Bailey offered to throw in another $1,000, the AG alleges.

The screener alerted deputy sheriffs, who arrested them both for bribery. White and Bailey were booked and released and immediately flew back to the mainland. The attorney general’s investigation is continuing.

Also, on Friday, Special Agents from the AG’s Investigations Division arrested a 44-year-old Michigan visitor for violating quarantine rules. Agents were alerted by a Waikīkī area hotel that Anthony Johnson of Rouge River did not show up at his designated place of quarantine and in fact had checked into another hotel to circumvent the quarantine rules.
Johnson was tracked to the Kailua-Lanikai boat ramp and was arrested just before he’d planned to go swimming. His bail was set at $2,000.