A pharmacist in the US city of Chicago was arrested for allegedly selling more than 100 official coronavirus vaccination cards on eBay after obtaining them from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He now faces 12 federal charges for theft of government property.
The US Department of Justice detailed that the 34-year-old man, identified as Tangtang Zhao, was detained Tuesday on charges of stealing official CDC documents from his workplace and selling them online for about $ 10 each.
“Knowingly selling covid vaccination cards to unvaccinated people puts millions of Americans at risk of serious injury or death,” said Special Agent Emmerson Buie Jr., of the local FBI office in Chicago.
“Putting such a small price on the security of our nation is not only an insult to those who are doing their part in the fight to stop COVID-19, but a federal crime with grave consequences.”
Zhao supposedly earned a little over $ 1,200 with the stolen vaccination cards, according to a complaint criminal against him. The document shows that the man worked for a “vaccine distribution entity” that administered injections to the public.
The pharmacist reportedly stole and later sold at least 125 blank certificates on eBay, apparently to allow buyers to present themselves as immunized.
Accused of 12 counts of theft of government property, which is a federal crime, Zhao faces up to 120 years behind bars if convicted, as each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years. His first court hearing was held on Tuesday.
The Chicago pharmacist is not the first person to have legal problems over vaccination cards in the US A doctor in California was arrested last month for selling counterfeit vaccination documents, as well as “homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets” that she claimed would provide protection against COVID-19.