AN Illinois woman was busted on August 28 after trying to board her flight to Hawaii with a fake Covid vaccination card.
Chloe Mrozak, the passenger attempting to use the fake vax card, might’ve got away with it if not for a glaring typo.
Chicago native Chloe Mrozak was arrested in Hawaii for using a fake vaccination card to bypass the state’s Covid restrictionsCredit: Hawaii Department of Public Safety
Why was Chloe Mrozak arrested?
Mrozak is a 24-year-old woman from Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Hawaiian investigators received a tip that the 24-year-old may have uploaded the false documents under Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program to bypass the state’s traveler quarantine rules.
According to court documents obtained by HawaiiNewsNow, the card allegedly submitted online to Hawaiian authorities by Krozark misspelled Moderna as “Maderna”.
Officials said Mrozak flew into O’ahu, Hawaii, on August 23 on a Southwest flight.
Still, investigators were initially unable to track down her because the hotel reservation she left with screeners turned out to be incorrect, court documents show.
Despite evading officials, Mrozak was caught at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport when she arrived for her departure flight on August 28, the report said.
The fraudulent vaccine card claimed Mrozak was vaccinated in Delaware.
It claimed members of the National Guard there administered the shot, but when authorities checked her medical records with the state, there was no trace of her vaccination.
What charges was Mrozak hit with?
Mrozak is accused of falsifying vaccination documents, a misdemeanor offense.
Unable to post bail, Mrozak was transported to Queen’s for Covid screening and later transferred to the Honolulu Police Department.
She was being held on $2,000 bail.
What is the penalty for using a fake Covid vaccination card?
As schools, businesses, the military and local governments begin to request proof of vaccination across the nation, the demand for fake vaccination cards has skyrocketed.
So far, no one has been sentenced for creating or possessing fake Covid-19 vaccination cards.
Hawaiian officials noticed Chloe Mrozak’s fake vax card had a glaring typo, misspelling Moderna as ‘Maderna’Credit: Hawaii Department of Public Safety
However, in May, the FBI warned that counterfeiting vaccination cards or using them is a federal crime.
The federal agency warns that the “misuse of a government seal comes with a $5,000 fine or five years in prison.”
The seal in question is the CDC logo on the cards.
The FBI says fake cards have already been showing up for sale online, advertised on social media websites, as well as e-commerce platforms and blogs.