U.S. law enforcement agencies have arrested a pharmacist who sold more than a hundred vaccination certificates against COVID-19 over the Internet and can now go to prison for up to 120 years, the US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday.
Authorities have charged Tangtang Zhao, a 34-year-old Chicago resident, with 12 counts of embezzlement of state property. “If he is found guilty, he could face 10 years in prison on each count,” the press release says.
The pharmacist is suspected that in March-April 2021, he sold 125 original forms issued by the CDC medical regulator to 11 different buyers to confirm vaccination against COVID-19. For each form that is filled out manually, he took $ 10, the release says.
“Deliberately selling vaccination cards to unvaccinated people means putting the lives and health of millions of Americans at risk. Trading on the cheap for the security of our nation not only offends those who are fighting the pandemic but is also a federal crime with serious consequences, ” said Emmerson Buie Jr., head of the FBI’s Chicago office.
Against the background of a new surge in the disease incidence in the United States, the number of public institutions and private companies that oblige their employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and require customers to confirm vaccination is growing.