Half of the country is deeming this pharmacist a hero, the other half not so much, meanwhile he’s now been arrested for something we’re not even sure is a crime.
A licensed pharmacist was arrested today in Chicago on charges related to his alleged sale of dozens of authentic Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Covid-19 vaccination cards on eBay.
According to court documents, in March and April 2021, Tangtang Zhao, 34, of Chicago, sold 125 authentic CDC vaccination cards to 11 different buyers for approximately $10 per card.
Zhao was a licensed pharmacist in Illinois and was employed at Company 1, a pharmacy which distributed and administered Covid-19 vaccines at its physical locations nationwide.
As required by the CDC, Company 1 provided a CDC Vaccination Record Card to each vaccine recipient.
Zhao, who worked at Company 1 as a pharmacist during that time, obtained and subsequently offered authentic CDC Vaccination cards for sale online. The indictment charges Zhao with 12 counts of theft of government property.
“We take seriously, and will vigorously investigate, any criminal offense that contributes to the distrust around vaccines and vaccination status,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The Department of Justice and its law enforcement partners are committed to protecting the American people from these offenses during this national emergency.”
“Knowingly selling COVID vaccination cards to unvaccinated individuals puts millions of Americans at risk of serious injury or death,” said Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. of the FBI’s Chicago Field Office. “To put such a small price on the safety of our nation is not only an insult to those who are doing their part in the fight to stop COVID-19, but a federal crime with serious consequences.”
“Stealing and selling COVID-19 vaccination cards is inexcusable and will not be tolerated,” said Special Agent in Charge Lamont Pugh III of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) – Chicago Region. “Fraudsters who engage in such unlawful conduct undermine efforts to address the pandemic and profit at the public’s expense. The health and safety of the public is our top priority, and we encourage people to obtain vaccination cards from their administering medical providers.”
Can someone show us the laws on the books where vaccination cards and using them as you see fit is an actual crime? I’d love to see the law on the books about this, wouldn’t you?
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