Story at a glance:
- People are being caught with fake vaccine cards or test results while vacationing in Hawaii.
- Some people are using vaccine cards that are from “Maderna.”
- Punishment is up to $5,000 or a prison term of up to a year.
People are pressing their luck entering Hawaii with fake vaccination cards or test results, an offense that can carry jail time.
Falsifying COVID-19-related documents is the latest trend amongst travelers to Hawaii, The Guardian reported, with a couple from Los Angeles getting arrested and pending a court date in their native state.
The 33-year-old woman and 34-year-old man in question were required to present documents showing they were negative and accept a self-mandatory quarantine before they could travel to the state, but they allegedly chose to upload fake test results.
In August, a Chicago-area woman was caught with a “Maderna” card – the correct name of the vaccine manufacturer is “Moderna.”
Similarly, in the same month, a father and son duo from California tried to enter the state with the same misspelled vaccine card.
Some people are getting caught with fake vaccination cards when the situation does not require them. Take for example a Florida couple who allegedly had fake vaccinations cards, including for their children, who were not old enough to receive the vaccine.
According to Hawaii News Now, fake cards hold a penalty of up to $5,000 or a prison term of up to a year, however, Newsweek reports that a 24-year old man from New York could face seven years in prison for allegedly submitting a fake card.
As Changing America previously reported, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. filed charges against 15 people who were allegedly connected to a fake COVID-19 vaccination card conspiracy.
Thirteen of those individuals are reported to work in essential-employee settings, including hospitals.