New Jersey fake vax card sales scheme arrested – HotAir
As soon as mandatory proof of vaccination became something in the private sector, critics were immediately concerned about the inevitable proliferation of fake vaccination cards. This was particularly true among university administrators, who was concerned that healthy young people who weren’t worried about getting COVID and were unsure about vaccinations would seek to obtain a fake vax card just as easily as they searched for a fake ID to buy beer. But with CDC cards being so ridiculously easy to make yourself, would anyone really be selling them? Apparently, and if you can produce a good enough quality replica, you can charge a good deal of money for it. That’s what was discovered in New Jersey, where a housewife using the online pseudonym “Anti-Vax Momma” found to have sold hundreds of cards. And he was raising a considerable amount of cash. (NJ.com)
A New Jersey woman, calling herself “AntiVaxMomma” online, was charged Tuesday with selling about 250 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards using Instagram, while healthcare workers who bought the fake cards were also charged. New York prosecutors said.
Jasmine Clifford of Lyndhurst sold the fake cards using her anti-vaccine social media account described by herself for around $ 200, according to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office …
Thirteen people who bought fake cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention work in “essential frontline and employee settings, including hospitals and nursing homes,” according to the district attorney’s office.
Compounding the matter was the fact that Ms. Clifford had an accomplice named Nadayza Barkley who worked at a New York health clinic where vaccines were administered. Barkley would add the customer’s name to the state database of vaccinated patients for an additional $ 250 fee. That meant that even if someone suspected the card was a fake, it would remain under scrutiny, making it nearly impossible to detect. .
First I will say that this was a laborious and profitable enterprise (albeit completely illegal). Jasmine Clifford must have amassed $ 50,000 in sales. And if a significant number of clients chose to have their names entered into the database, their accomplice probably charged the same amount.
Compounding concern about this report is the fact that more than a dozen of its clients were in “essential frontline and employee settings, including hospitals and nursing homes.” I’m sure everyone feels safer now, right?
Now, however, the perpetrators will pay a heavy price if convicted. They face charges that include criminal possession of a counterfeit instrument, offering a false instrument for presentation, and conspiracy. That can add up to significant jail time and hefty fines. Some of the clients are also being charged with criminal possession of a counterfeit instrument.
The real issue that is not addressed in this report is the uncomfortable reality that you are dealing with just one person (or team). what they caught. How many more are there and are they still in operation? And as I mentioned earlier, how many more people weren’t running a large, organized distribution network, but were just creating their own? If the system is so easy to play, it is not very useful and people are not going to trust it.
Don’t expect this to be the last of these stories you will read. The whole idea of immunity passports was flawed from the start and very open to abuse and fraud. And there will always be people willing to take advantage of it.