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April 13, 2023
U.S Customs an Border Protection (CBP) has confiscated thousands of fake vaccination cards that have allegedly been shipped from China to states in the United States, according to the Washington Post.
CBP officials in a statement on Friday claimed to have seized thousands of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards passing through the port of Memphis. The Washington Post reports that 121 packages filled with over 3,000 counterfeit vaccination cards were confiscated by CBP officials. The cards contained errors in spelling, incorrect Spanish translations, and a fake logo from the Centers for Disease Control.
“These vaccinations are free and available everywhere,” Michael Neipert, CBP 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 [officers’] time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself.”
The production or purchase of a fake vaccination card violates federal law and can result in a fine with up to five years in prison, according to the FBI.
ARTICLE: LAURA RAMIREZ
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: USA TODAY