A Northumbria Police worker avoided the sack and a fine despite breaking Covid-19 rules.
The woman told officers that a property she had visited during the first national lockdown was her home.
She also claimed she had tested negative for the virus a day earlier.
But a misconduct panel ruled both those claims were false,
The panel gave the unnamed woman - who isn't a police officer - a final written warning.
The ruling meant that she could keep her job with the force.
ChronicleLive understands the staff member also avoided a fine for the breach.
A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: “We expect officers and staff to maintain the highest standards at all times and if anyone is found to have fallen below these we are committed to taking appropriate action.
“This particular incident occurred in the early stages of lockdown where national guidance placed greater emphasis on officers engaging with the public, explaining the restrictions and encouraging people to follow the regulations, before enforcement action was taken as a last resort.
“We can confirm the staff member was provided with the appropriate advice from the attending officers.”
The behind-closed-doors hearing was held in November. Details have only recently been made public on the force's website.
While misconduct hearings involving officers are typically held in public, those involving other staff members are not.