According to the announcement from the US Department of Justice, a licensed naturopathic doctor from Northern California was arrested on Wednesday for running a fake Covid-19 immunization and vaccine card scheme. Juli A. Mazi, 41, faces one charge of wire fraud and one count of false statements related to health matters.Prosecutors say the Napa woman tried to sell homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets and fake Covid-19 immunization cards that made it appear as though her customers received the Moderna vaccine.According to the prosecutors, this is the first federal criminal fraud prosecution related to these fraudulent immunizations and vaccine record cards, according to prosecutors.
Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco said that this defendant allegedly defrauded and endangered the public by preying on fears and spreading misinformation about FDA-authorized vaccinations, while also peddling fake treatments that put people’s lives at risk. The defendant allegedly established counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards. She also instructed her customers to falsely mark that they had received a vaccine, allowing them to circumvent efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
In April, a person called the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General hotline to make a complaint, according to the criminal complaint. Mazi sold family members homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets that contained the virus, which she claimed would create an antibody response in the immune system. The complainant also said their family hadn’t received injections for any of the three authorized vaccines.