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A previous nursing director in South Carolina pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to federal agents about giving fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Tammy Hudson McDonald, who labored at a PruittHealth skilled nursing facility previous summer time, loaded out cards for persons she realized had not acquired the vaccine, according to an investigation by the U.S. Section of Overall health and Human Providers, FBI and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
When authorities confronted McDonald right after they were alerted to the phony playing cards final September, she explained to federal brokers, opposite to the proof, that she had hardly ever offered everyone a falsified vaccine card, a Justice Division push release said.
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“The Defendant designed a direct threat to the folks of South Carolina by making fake vaccine files for some others to use, and she compounded this wrongdoing by lying to federal agents,” U.S. Attorney Corey F. Ellis said in a assertion. “As a registered nurse, she understood improved and owed extra to her group.”
Her lawyer, Jim Griffin, instructed The that McDonald has agreed to cooperate and approved duty for her perform. Griffin reported she experienced presented the phony cards to a few family members members at a Father’s Day accumulating and her family have not been billed.
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Griffin advised a U.S. magistrate in December that McDonald produced a single or two false vaccination cards for a relative at the College of South Carolina who has “anti-vaccination beliefs.” McDonald is vaccinated and obtained no funds for the fraudulent playing cards, according to Griffin.
McDonald, 53, of Columbia, faces up to 5 many years in jail and a $250,000 good at her sentencing on September 20.
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