A 24-year-old woman who was arrested earlier this month for allegedly trying to enter Hawaii with a fake coronavirus vaccine card skipped a virtual court hearing, The Associated Press reported.
The suspect in question, Chloe Mrozak, was previously released on bail after being arrested at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu. misdemeanor charges for violating two Hawaiian pandemic rules. All visitors to Hawaii must present a vaccination card upon entry or 10 days upon arrival in quarantine; the use of a forged card would allow you to skip the queue and go to the beaches without mandatory quarantine. Authorities say Mrozak set up a fake card in which the manufacturer of the Moderna vaccine was incorrectly spelled “Maderna” in the digital system that Hawaii uses to check passengers. If convicted on the original charges, Mrozak could face up to a year in prison.
According to the AP, Mrozak was supposed to appear at the hearing via Zoom on Wednesday. After she did not appear, Judge Karin Holma issued a $ 500 arrest warrant. Not exactly the best plan to get out of the first one.
FBI warned in April that forging cards, which are official documents issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, could constitute a federal crime with a maximum prison sentence of half a decade. The right and anti-vaxx boards are reportedly circulating templates of varying quality on the Internet since the beginning of this year, but it seems that a relatively small number of them have actually done so (or at least been caught).
In late August, Manhattan prosecutors announced this they would charge A 31-year-old named Jasmine Clifford, who passed @AntiVaxMomma on Instagram, with the production and sale of up to 250 fake CDC cards. A Chicago pharmacist, 34-year-old Tangtang Zhao, could face it up to 120 years in prison on federal charges of allegedly selling fake cards on eBay, while a 41-year-old homeopathic doctor from California named Juli A. Mazi faces federal charges of fraud in connection with her alleged sale of fake cards and fake “immunization pellets”.
Although Hawaii did relatively well in most of the pandemic due to aggressive actions by health authorities and distance from the rest of the United States, starting in July 2021. it has begun to experience a wave that has only been diminishing in recent weeks. According to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researcher, the state has experienced one an estimated 76,966 cases on Friday and 738 deaths.
Governor David Ige asked the passengers to suspend all travel that is not necessary countries to at least in November, highlighting the threat a pandemic potentially poses to a tourism-dependent country. It is estimated that over 75% of the state’s population received it at least one vaccine cartridge.
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