Two airline passengers entering Canada from the United States were fined nearly $ 16,000 each for submitting fake vaccination cards and Covid-19 test results, officials said.
According to the Canadian Public Health Agency, passengers were also unable to stay in government-approved accommodation, as required by the government of the country.
Passengers not identified in the news release traveled to Toronto two weeks ago and were Canadian citizens, Health Canada spokeswoman Mary Durette told NBC News. They represent the first case of a traveler entering the country with a fake vaccination document, Mr. Durette said.
They were fined about $ 20,000, or about $ 16,000 in US dollars. Durette refused to publish any other information about them.
Durette also does not state how fraudulent documents were identified. In March, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that fake vaccine cards were in circulation on social media sites. Instructions on how to create them were posted in the forum Frequent visits were made by former President Donald Trump’s anti-vaxxers and supporters.
In some cases, the template was downloaded from the state health department’s website, and users gave specific instructions on how to create the template, including the thickness of the cardstock to use.
July, Ministry of Justice Announcement In Northern California, the arrest of a naturopathic doctor who allegedly gave patients a fake vaccine card and homeopathic remedies boosted the body’s immune response to the disease, she said.
According to a complaint filed in the Federal District Court for Northern California, the card allegedly provided by doctor Juli Maji erroneously stated that the patient had been vaccinated with Moderna vaccine.
Seriously was charged with false statements related to wire fraud and healthcare. Her lawyer did not immediately respond to the request for comment.
And in May California bar owner arrested for forging government documents on suspicion of selling fake vaccination cards, San Joaquin District Attorney announced.
According to the California Alcoholic Beverage Administration, undercover agents were able to purchase fraudulent cards multiple times at Clements’ old corner saloon, about 40 miles southeast of Sacramento.