- Zachary Honig, 21, was arrested after police found 62 vaccination cards in his car.
- He said he sold some of the cards to students and plans to share the rest with family and friends.
- It is a federal crime to make or buy fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.
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A CVS worker in Long Island, New York, was arrested after police found 62 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in his car that had been stolen at work.
Zachary Honig, 21, was arrested on Tuesday in East Garden City when officials found the drug offender saw him in his car with the engine running, the WABC reported.
Authorities searched his car and found a controlled substance as well as a stolen vaccination card from the report said.
Honick admitted to the authorities that he had taken the card from his employer, the WABC reported.He also said he sold some of the cards to students and intends to share the rest with family and friends, the WABC reported.
Honig is now facing eight charges that include possession of counterfeit tools, criminal control possession, criminal weapon possession and minor kidnapping, the WABC reported.
Officials told a press conference that eight vaccination cards were pre-filled, leaving only the “name”; blank, while the other 54 were left blank. Some cards are also dated to the month of June, while others are retrospective to reflect the date of the vaccination.
“His intention was to share with family members and friends so they could enter the venue and possibly use them at school when they returned in September,” said Patrick Ryder, District Police Commissioner. Sau said to the WABC.
“You can’t have a scam like this going on. The idea of getting us all back to normal is that when you walk into a place and they need that card, you have to make sure that the card is right. It’s real, ”added Rider.
An insider has contacted CVS for comment.The WABC reported that the company fired Honig after the arrest.
“We are cooperating with the Nassau County Police Department investigation of employees at our CVS Pharmacy store at Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown,” a company representative said in a statement.
“Following his arrest, we took immediate steps to terminate his employment as his alleged activities contradicted our values, our policies and our commitment to safe vaccination practices.”
Honig was not the first person charged with a fake vaccination card. CNN reported earlier this month that a California bar owner was charged with a number of felons, including counterfeiting and identity theft, by selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards for $ 20 each.
Last month, it was found that Amazon sellers were selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards on the platform. One seller sold 100 tickets in two weeks, The Washington Post reported.
After the 45 state attorney general’s appeal for e-commerce sites to ban lists of fake centers for black market disease vaccination and control cards for proof of fake vaccinations, these bogus vaccines switch to an encrypted messaging app. Telegram users can connect sellers.
The FBI warns that creating and selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards is a federal crime. It also said that the use of a government agency badge without permission to make the card looks like it was issued by the COT. It is also illegal.