Two Long Island nurses were arrested after earning a reported $1.5 million selling counterfeit vaccine cards.
Law enforcement officers executed a search warrant on the home of 49-year-old Julie Devuono, a nurse practitioner, and seized $900,000 in cash.
Officers also found a handwritten ledger in the home that shows Devuono and 44-year-old Marissa Urraro, a licensed practical nurse, earned over $1.5 million selling fake vaccine cards between November 2021 and January 2022.
Devuono is the owner of Wild Child Pediatric healthcare in Amityville, NY. Her husband is an NYPD police officer
The #Suffolk County DA arrested two people including the owner of an Amityville pediatric office for selling fake Covid-19 vaccine cards. $220 for adults, $85 for children. Ledgers show they may have made $1.5 million dollars from this illegal scheme #NBC4NY pic.twitter.com/jm0bcOkCeX
— Pei-Sze Cheng (@PeiSzeCheng4NY) January 28, 2022
The Suffolk County District Attorney's office launched an investigation after the nurses sold fake vaccine cards to undercover officers.
According to the indictment, the nurses sold thousands of fake cards for $220 to $440 for adults and a discount price of $85 for children.
After selling the cards, the women allegedly added the information to the NY State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS).
"I hope this sends a message to others who are considering gaming the system that they will get caught and that we will enforce the law to the fullest extent," said Suffolk County DA Raymond Tierney.
They need to arrest every single person who purchased a fake vaccine card as well. #LockThemUp
— KD (@Fly_Sistah) January 28, 2022
I assume they will also immediately lose their nursing licenses.
— EMR (@Mehitabel1234) January 29, 2022
What an insult to all the dedicated hardworking nurses out there exhausted for caring for sick and suffering COVID-19 patients.
— Melody Butler (@MelodyButler) January 29, 2022
Stop it, melody. Ppl wouldn’t need these cards if they weren’t forced to choose btw living their life or taking an experimental and clearly now ineffective injection.
— isabell temple (@isabelltemple) January 29, 2022