New York authorities have arrested two Long Island nurses who officials say made more than $1.5 million by forging COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Julie DeVuono, the owner of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare and her employee, Marissa Urraro, have been charged with felony forgery, authorities say. DeVuono was also charged with offering a false instrument for filing.
Officials say the two women entered the false information on the cards into New York’s immunization database.
The Suffolk County district attorney’s office said the women sold the fake cards for $220 for adults and $85 for children.
Officials say about $900,000 in cash was seized from DeVuono’s home.
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, is in self-isolation until Tuesday after a possible COVID exposure on a flight to Auckland, officials said Saturday.
“The prime minister is asymptomatic and is feeling well,” her office said. She is scheduled to be tested for the virus Sunday.
India’s health ministry said Sunday that 234,281 people had tested positive for COVID in the previous 24-hour period.
Meanwhile, more than 100,000 daily cases of the coronavirus were reported in Russia for the first time Saturday as the highly contagious omicron variant spreads throughout the country. The government’s coronavirus task force reported a record high 113,122 new cases, a sevenfold increase from earlier in January.