Vaccines have been readily available to the American public for nearly a year now. People can visit their local pharmacy and get their shots free of charge. Thanks to several reasons, though, many are not doing so.
New York has many restrictions on the unvaccinated. People who are not immunized are not allowed to enter restaurants or concerts. In the state, a black market has developed for fake vaccination cards. Two Long Island nurses thrived in this black market, raking in nearly $1.5 million. But this weekend, they were arrested and charged with forgery.
The Suffolk County DA said of Julie DeVuono, 49, and Marissa Urraro, 44:
“From November 2021 to January 2022, the pair allegedly forged vaccination cards, charging adults $220 apiece and $85 per child for a fake record that would land in the New York State Immunization Information System database. Prosecutors said that on one or more occasions, DeVuono and Urrano allegedly created records to indicate a vaccine was given to an undercover detective despite never administering the vaccine.”
Two Long Island nurses have been charged with raking in over $1.5 million selling fake vaccine cards. $900k in cash was found in one of their homes. One nurse’s husband, a NYPD officer, is being investigated for possible involvement. https://t.co/9UCbss0ttJ
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) January 30, 2022
Special Agent Scott Lampard said in a statement, “Forging COVID-19 vaccination cards and entering false information into the New York State database used to track vaccination records puts the health and well-being of others at risk and undermines efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
Urraro’s husband, Derin, is an NYPD officer. He is under investigation by Internal Affairs.
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