Instagrammer @AntiVaxMomma accused of selling 250 fake COVID vaccine cards to frontline workers in New York City | WWTI
NEW YORK (WPIX– Two people are accused of selling and registering around 250 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in New York City, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said on Tuesday.
Jasmine Clifford, 31, is accused of selling 250 fake vaccination cards through her Instagram account, @AntiVaxMomma. Clifford reportedly worked with Nadayza Barkley, 27, who fraudulently entered at least 10 people into the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS) database, according to the district attorney.
Both Clifford and Barkley are accused of offering a bogus grading and conspiracy tool. Clifford was also charged with criminal possession of a counterfeit instrument.
“We will continue to protect public health in New York City with proactive investigations like these, but the stakes are too high to tackle bogus vaccination cards with scathing lawsuits,” District Attorney Vance said. “We need companies like Facebook to take action to prevent fraud on their platforms. Making, selling and buying fake immunization cards are serious crimes with serious consequences for public safety. This investigation is ongoing. If you know of anyone who sells fake immunization cards, please call the Financial Fraud Office in my office.
Clifford reportedly began advertising fake vaccination cards on his Instagram account around May 2021, charging $ 200 for each card, court documents show.
For an additional $ 250, Barkley, who works at a medical clinic in Patchogue, reportedly entered their names into the NYSIIS database as having received their vaccines, according to documents. Barkley entered at least 10 names into the database, investigators said.
Thirteen people who allegedly purchased the cards, all believed to be frontline workers working in hospitals, medical and nursing schools and nursing homes, were also charged with criminal possession of a counterfeit instrument. One of them was also accused of offering a bogus payment deposit instrument to be entered in the database.