The nurses sold fake vaccination cards and entered false information into New York’s immunization database.
Two nurses on Long Island are accused of collecting more than $1.5 million by selling forged Covid-19 vaccination cards, according to the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.
The nurses, Julie DeVuono, who owns Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare in Amityville, and Marissa Urraro, her employee, sold fake vaccination cards and entered false information into New York’s immunization database, prosecutors said. They charged $220 for forged cards for adults and $85 for children, according to the district attorney’s office.
Ms. DeVuono, 49, and Ms. Urraro, 44, were arraigned on Friday, each charged with one count of second-degree forgery. Ms. DeVuono was also charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing.
Michael Alber, Ms. Urraro’s lawyer, said she had entered a plea of not guilty and had been released without bail.
“We look forward to highlighting the legal impediments and defects in this investigation,” Mr. Alber said. “An accusation should not overshadow the good work Ms. Urraro has done for children and adults in the medical field.”