Two Nurses Charged For Distributing Fake Vaccine Cards That Earned Them More Than $1.5M
Photo Credit: Nathan Howard

Two Nurses Charged For Distributing Fake Vaccine Cards That Earned Them More Than $1.5M

Common sense just may not be so common these days.

CNBC reports that two Long Island nurses have been arrested for the alleged falsification of vaccination records.

The two nurses — 44-year-old Marissa Urraro and 49-year-old Julie DeVuono — are currently facing charges that include one count of forgery in the second degree.

A Family Affair

DeVuono is currently the owner and operator of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare located in Amityville, New York and she allegedly didn’t manage to pull off this act alone. Her employee Urraro is said to not only have helped her forge the vaccination cards but also helped with something even more absurd. The pair also allegedly logged the same fake immunizations into New York State’s Immunization Information System database.

“Forging COVID-19 vaccination cards and entering false information into the New York State database used to track vaccination records puts the health and well-being of others at risk, and undermines efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said special agent Scott Lampert in a statement.

Both Urraro and DeVuono were arrested on Friday and DeVuono’s husband, Derin DeVuono is also being investigated by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for his potential involvement in the scheme. He currently serves the community as a police officer.

The Crimes

From November 2021 to January 2022, the two nurses’ scam reportedly brought in more than $1.5 million, according to a ledger that was confiscated from DeVuono’s home along with approximately $900,000 in cash.

For adults, DeVuono and Urraro allegedly priced immunization records at $220 per person and $85 per child, which came equipped with both a fake vaccination card and a falsified state database entry.

Just last month New York Gov. Kathy Hochul passed legislation making it a criminal act to obtain fake COVID-19 immunization cards.