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Two NY Nurses Arrested After Raking in $1.5 Million Selling Fake Vaccine Cards

Two NY Nurses Arrested After Raking in $1.5 Million Selling Fake Vaccine Cards

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.

PORTLAND, OR – DECEMBER 16: A healthcare worker displays a COVID-19 vaccine record card at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center on December 16, 2020, in Portland, Oregon. The first rounds of Pfizer’s vaccine were administered in Oregon on Wednesday. (Photo by Nathan Howard/Getty Images)

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.”

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.”

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Urraro’s husband, Derin, is an NYPD officer. He is under investigation by Internal Affairs.



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