FIVE people from Sydney have been caught lying to police in a brazen attempt to sneak their way into Queensland for a holiday.
The three women and two men crossed the border on Boxing Day using a G pass, but were busted by attentive officers just hours later.
Queensland Police Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said police did further inquiries after becoming suspicious of their story and soon established that they had lied on their border passes.
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“We will allege that they made a false declaration that they had not been in a hotspot in the last 14 days, but we had reason to check on the validity of what they had been telling us,” Chief Supt Wheeler said.
“They had travelled directly from the declared COVID-19 hotspot of Greater Sydney.”
The alleged border breachers were tracked down at a unit in Surfers Paradise on Sunday afternoon and escorted straight into mandatory hotel quarantine at their own expense.
“Those people were each issued a fine of $4003 and directed into self-funded quarantine in a government funded hotel,” Chief Supt Wheeler said.
“So its been a very expensive journey for those people.”
The group told police that they were planning to travel to Airlie Beach for a holiday.
“This should serve as a warning that if you are going to come into Queensland from a hotspot and try and game the system, even if you think you’ve gotten through, you should not rest easy.
“Police will be following up on any information that we receive.”
Since the border was slammed shut to Greater Sydney a week ago, more than 700