Today, prosecutors announced that two women are accused of selling fake covid-19 vaccination cards through an Instagram account and entering customer names into a New York state vaccination database.
Manhattan attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has charged Jasmine Clifford, 31, of Lyndhurst, NJ, and Nadisa Barkley, 27, of Bellport, New York, with filing a counterfeit instrument, felony, and conspiracy to commit a misdemeanor.
Barkley’s attorney, Glenn Hardy, said his client defends her innocence and believes she will be acquitted after a full investigation. Clifford’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.
Vance also accused 13 health professionals in hospitals, nursing homes and nursing schools of possessing a counterfeit instrument, and accused them of purchasing Clifford cards. Barclay is accused of putting the names of some of them in the state database.
Demand for Covid-19 vaccination cards has increased in recent months, as more local and state governments, schools and businesses require employees and students to be vaccinated against the virus. Corona Virus.
Vaccines are widely available and free in the United States, where millions of people choose not to get vaccinated and immunization rates lag behind other developed countries.
Vance said that social media companies like Facebook social networking site, which owns Instagram, needs to prevent fraud on its platforms.
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