Juniata County woman charged with making fake COVID-19 vaccine card
Juniata County woman charged with making fake COVID-19 vaccine card

Juniata County woman charged with making fake COVID-19 vaccine card

MIFFLINTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A woman in Juniata County has been charged with making a fake COVID-19 vaccine card.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Amy B. Leister
charged on May 18, 2022 with criminal information for knowingly possessing and manufacturing a fake COVID-19 vaccine card.

According to U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus, the information is aimed at Leister to knowingly possess and manufacture an unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine card. The fake card was designed to look like it was issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, to record medical information about vaccines allegedly received and bearing insignia from the Center for Disease Control.

The case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General, US Department of Health and Human Services. Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel is pursuing the case.

Charges in the Mifflintown case come one week after another The woman in Ohio was stopped by the Department of Justice to sell nearly 100 fake COVID-19 vaccine cards for $ 40 apiece. A high school teacher from Long Island was also recently accused of allegedly submitting a forged COVID-19 vaccination card in an attempt to circumvent the school district rule requiring either vaccination or weekly coronavirus testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently enacted rules to allow children 5-11 years of age to receive a Pbooster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, opening a third COVID-19 shot for healthy children of primary age – just like the one that already recommended for all 12 years and older.

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On May 17, 2021, Attorney General COVID-19 created the Fraud Enforcement Task Force to pool the resources of the Department of Justice in partnership with agencies across government to increase efforts to combat and prevent pandemic-related fraud.

Anyone with information about fraud attempts involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) Hotline at 866-720-5721 or via NCDF web complaint form.

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once inconceivable figure that only suggests the amount of loved ones and friends shifted by grief and frustration.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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