Two nurses from New York, USA, made around $1.5 million in a fake vaccine card scheme, said prosecutors.
According to reports, Julie DeVuono and Marissa Urraro, who are both nurses, faked coronavirus vaccine cards by entering false shots in the New York State Immunization Information System before charging people for the vaccine cards.
Authorities said that the two nurses were arrested on January 27, 2022.
The two are charged with second-degree forgery.
DeVuono on the other hand is facing more charges. According to a report by NBC News, she has also been charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
Prosecutors said that the pair charged around $220 for adults and $85 for children to get false vaccination cards.
While searching the house of DeVuono, the law enforcement officers seized $900,000 and a ledger that documented the profits of the two nurses.
The scheme was carried out from November 2021 to January 2022.
It is believed that the pair had made over $1.5 million in total.
Barry Mark Smolowitz, DeVuono’s attorney, said that his client and Urraro have entered a plea of not guilty.
Michael J. Alber, the attorney of Urraro, released a statement about his client.
“An accusation should not overshadow the good work Ms. Urraro has done for children and adults in the medical field. In today’s uncertain times courts are issuing rulings regarding the Government overstepping their limits. Because of this, now more than ever, it is so important that there is no rush to judgment in forming an opinion against a respected LPN (licensed practical nurse). We look forward to highlighting the legal impediments and defects in this investigation.”
Raymon Tierney, Suffolk County District Attorney, released a statement about the case.
“These individuals allegedly used their positions as licensed healthcare professionals to engage in criminal conduct for their financial benefit. I hope this sends a message to others who are considering gaming the system that they will get caught and that we will enforce the law to the fullest extent.”
The two nurses were arrested by the Suffolk County Police Department’s DA squad and official state departments.
Undercover detectives said that one of their agents managed to get a vaccine card without even getting an injection, which allowed them to carry out further investigation.
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