US Customs Seize Shipments Of Fake COVID Vaccine Cards Sent From China - ViralTab

US Customs Seize Shipments Of Fake COVID Vaccine Cards Sent From China

Story ByMichael Leidig, Sub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyNewsflash

US customs officials in Pittsburgh have seized two shipments of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards that were sent from China.

The first package of 20 fake cards was seized in the city of Pittsburgh on 24th August after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials determined they appeared low-quality and were being imported by someone without a medical background.

CBP officials seized the second shipment of 50 cards on 7th September. Both were destined for the same address in Beaver County in the state of Pennsylvania.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Pittsburgh seized 70 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards shipped from China in September 2021. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Newsflash)

The packages contained a total of 70 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards sent from China, according to the authorities.

Meanwhile, CBP officers in Chicago, Anchorage, and Memphis have seized over 6,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards in recent weeks.

Last week, customs officials at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago intercepted a package with19 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards headed from China to a resident in Wapakoneta in Ohio.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Pittsburgh seized 70 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards shipped from China, destined to an address in Beaver County, in September 2021. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Newsflash)

The FBI said the buying, selling and use of counterfeit vaccination cards is against the law and places other people at risk.

William Fitting, CBP Port Director in Pittsburgh, said: “Coronavirus and its variants continue to pose a serious health and safety threat to American citizens, and so do unscrupulous vendors who peddle counterfeit COVID vaccination cards.

“Customs and Border Protection will continue to intercept counterfeit goods, such as these fake vaccine cards that threaten our nation, our people and our economy.”

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Chicago seized 19 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards arriving from China in September 2021. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Newsflash)

LaFonda Sutton-Burke, CBP director of field operations in Chicago, said: “Counterfeiters are savvy and follow trends in consumer demand, including the high demand for vaccination cards during the pandemic.

“Every officer in the Chicago Field Office is committed to protecting the lives and welfare of every community.”

Earlier this month, Chloe Mrozak of Illinois was jailed in Hawaii after arriving at Honolulu International Airport on 23rd August with a fake vaccine card to avoid mandatory quarantine.

Michael Leidig

Looking for enquiries from partners to help our freelance journalism network to grow.