A California doctor has become the first American to face charges for allegedly providing fake COVID-19 immunizations.
Juli Mazi of Napa, California, was arrested on Wednesday with charges related to the issue, according to a Department of Justice press release.
“This defendant allegedly defrauded and endangered the public by preying on fears and spreading misinformation about FDA-authorized vaccinations, while also peddling fake treatments that put people’s lives at risk,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco said.
“Even worse, the defendant allegedly created counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and instructed her customers to falsely mark that they had received a vaccine, allowing them to circumvent efforts to contain the spread of the disease,” Monaco added.
Mazi’s efforts were first reported in April, according to Fox News. The homeopathic doctor allegedly gave patients “pellets” that would provide immunity against COVID-19
The patients were then given a vaccination card and were told to report they had taken the Moderna vaccination.
“This doctor violated the all-important trust the public extends to healthcare professionals — at a time when integrity is needed the most,” Special Agent Steven J. Ryan said, according to the Fox News report.
The arrest reveals the extent some Americans are willing to take to provide proof of vaccination with taking one. This case may serve as one of several related to false COVID-19 vaccination cards as pressure grows from companies to take vaccinations.