August 14, 2020- Tamuning, Guam- Today, the Office of the Attorney General filed criminal charges against Matthew Frederick Murphy for violating quarantine orders after arriving on Guam from a high risk area.
“Our office is prepared to take criminal action against those who violate quarantine orders when warnings and education efforts aren’t enough,” said Attorney General Leevin T. Camacho.
Since July 24,2020, twenty-one passengers tested positive for coronavirus while in quarantine, accounting for nearly 15% of all positive cases on-island during that time frame.
“We will continue to work with the Department of Public Health and the Guam Police Department to educate the public about the measures we must take to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but the recent surge in cases is a stark reminder of what happens when we let our guard down,” added AG Camacho.
The complaint will now be reviewed by the court to decide whether the misdemeanor charge is supported by probable cause. If so, the court will issue a summons and schedule a hearing.
Violation of an order to quarantine or isolate – whether at home or at a government site – is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to one year in prison and up to a $1,000 fine.