Chicago pharmacist convicted of stealing and selling COVID vaccination cards

A federal jury in Chicago found 36-year-old pharmacist Tantang Zhao guilty of theft of CDC-issued COVID-19 vaccination cards from the pharmacy where I worked and which he sold to buyers across the country through an online marketplace.

According to the Ministry of Justice, court documents, and evidence presented in court, Zhao had access to pharmacy vaccination cards. It published lists of over 650 COVID-19 vaccination cards over a three-week period in March and April 2021. which he advertised as “genuine” and “straight from the CDC”.

Jury found Tangtang Zhao guilty of stealing government property. (PATRICK T. FALLON/Getty Images)

General, he sold 630 cards to about 200 unique buyers who paid Zhao over $5,600.

The jury found Zhao guilty of 12 counts of theft of government property. He is to be sentenced on November 28. and he faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge issues a verdict after considering the Sentencing Guidelines and other legal factors.

According to ABC News, the Office of the Inspector General of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG) in August 2021 began receiving “increasing reports of people creating, buying and using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. 19” for which he warned that the distribution of false cards could leave victims’ identities vulnerable.

Author: Armando Hernandez
Source: La Opinion

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