Two nurses are accused of fabricating Covid-19 vaccination cards and entering the forged vaccines into the state’s database, a scheme that allegedly netted more than $1.5 million.
Julie DeVuono, 49, the owner and operator of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare in Amityville, and her employee, Marissa Urraro, 44, were arrested by the Suffolk County District Attorney on Friday, January 28.
The two are accused of faking vaccination cards from November 2021 to January 2022, charging adults $220 and children $85 for bogus records that would be entered into the New York State Immunization Information System database.
Prosecutors claimed that on at least one occasion, DeVuono and Urraro falsified records to imply that a vaccine was delivered to an undercover officer despite never providing the vaccine.
Special agent Scott Lampert said: “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.”
According to officials, officers seized around $900,000 during a search of DeVuono’s residence.
They also allegedly discovered a ledger detailing the scheme’s revenues in excess of $1.5 million.
Derin DeVuono, a New York Police Department officer, is also being probed by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau for his suspected involvement in his wife’s alleged fraud.
DeVuono and Urraro are each charged with one count of second-degree forgery.
DeVuono is also being charged with offering a fraudulent instrument for filing in the first degree.
The legal defense of the couple was not immediately evident.
Only a month ago, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul passed legislation making false Covid-19 vaccination cards illegal.