A Florida couple is facing charges after police say they tried to use fraudulent vaccinations cards while vacationing in Hawaii.
Police arrested Enzo and Daniela Dalmazzo in Honolulu on Wednesday after they allegedly presented fake COVID vaccination cards during vacation. Hawaii News Now reports that the suspect tried to evade the state’s Safe Travels program, which requires people to have their COVID vaccination before traveling into the state or show proof that they tested negative for COVID.
According to police, the pair not only presented fake cards for themselves, but also for their children, ages 4 and 5, who are too young to get the COVID vaccination. Both adults were arrested and charged with falsifying vaccination cards.
The Washington Post reports that fake vaccinations are popping up all over the country. Fraudulent vaccination cards with a fake Centers for Disease Control and Prevention logo were reportedly shipped from Shenzhen, China, to the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents said in a statement that they stopped thousands of fake COVID cards that came through via a shipping hub in Memphis, Tennessee.
“These vaccinations are free and available everywhere,” Michael Neipert, Area Port Director of Memphis, said. “If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, that is your decision. But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself.”
“CBP Officers at the Area Port of Memphis remain committed to stopping counterfeit smuggling and helping to protect our communities. But just know that when you order a fake vaxx card, you are using my officers time as they also seize fentanyl and methamphetamines.”
Enzo Dalmazzo was fined $2,000, while Daniela Dalmazzo was fined $6,000 for the fake cards.
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[Feature Photo: Enzo and Daniela Dalmazzo/Police Handout]