According to federal officials, a nursing director in Columbia, South Carolina was accused of producing fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Tammy McDonald, 53, reportedly made the cards on June 20 and July 28, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina said in a statement. Press release on Friday.
When asked about the card in October, McDonald’s “lied by saying that they didn’t have access to a COVID-19 vaccination record card and had never produced a false or false vaccine card,” officials said. .
Federal officials said McDonald’s personally filled out cards for people she knew had not received shots.
McDonald, the director of nursing services at a nursing and rehabilitation center, was charged with two counts of making fraudulent vaccination cards and lying to federal investigators about his role in making the cards.
He was produced on the charges on Friday and pleaded not guilty. He was given a $10,000 bond. If convicted, McDonald faces up to 15 years in prison for producing counterfeit cards and up to five years in prison for lying to federal officials.
An attorney for McDonald’s could not be immediately reached.
Derrick L. Jackson, with the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, said McDonald’s actions “deceived and put the public at risk.”
“We are committed, along with our law enforcement partners, to investigating individuals who are exploiting people for the pandemic and personal gain,” he said in a statement.
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