A homeopathic doctor in California is the first person to face federal charges for selling fake Covid-19 vaccination cards, authorities have said.
Doctor Juli A. Mazi of Napa, Calif., Also sold Covid-19 “vaccination lozenges” to patients, federal prosecutors said. She was arrested on Wednesday and charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of misrepresenting health care issues, according to a criminal complaint. Ms. Mazi faces up to 20 years in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, authorities said.
Ms Mazi sold lozenges for $ 243 which she said contained a “very tiny amount” of coronavirus that would trigger an immune response and provide “lifelong immunity to Covid-19,” according to the complaint. To encourage customers to purchase the lozenges, prosecutors said, Ms. Mazi falsely told them that the three Covid-19 vaccines cleared for use in the United States contained “toxic ingredients.”
She also offered homeopathic vaccines for childhood illnesses which she said would meet California schools’ vaccination requirements, according to the complaint.