Fee: Nurses make $1.5 million from fake vaccination cards

AMITYVILLE, NY ( Associated Press) – Two nurses on Long Island are accused of forging COVID-19 vaccination cards and collecting more than $1.5 million from the scheme, prosecutors and police said.

Julie DeVuno, owner of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare in Amityville, and her employee, Marisa Uraro, have both been charged with gross forgery, and DeVuno has also been charged with offering a false means of filing. Both were presented on Friday.

Messages seeking comments were left with their lawyers on Saturday.

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said DeVuono and Uraro handed over fake vaccination cards, charging $220 for adults and $85 for children. A nurse practitioner, and Uraro, a licensed practical nurse, entered false information into the state’s vaccination database, he said.

Prosecutors said the nurses presented a fake card showing a vaccine that was given to an undercover spy but never vaccinated the spy.

Law enforcement officers searched DaVuono’s home and said they had seized about $900,000 in cash and a ledger, showing profits of more than $1.5 million from the scheme that began in November 2021.

“I hope this sends a message to others who are considering gaming systems that they will be caught and that we will fully enforce the law,” Tierney said in a statement along with other officials.

“As nurses, these two individuals must understand the importance of valid vaccination cards as we all work together to protect public health,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.