A pharmacist in Chicago is facing federal charges after officials with the Department of Justice said he sold authentic COVID-19 vaccination cards on eBay.
The DOJ said Tangtang Zhao sold 125 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cards on the online auction site in March and April to 11 different buyers.
He allegedly charged about $10 per card.
Zhao, who is a licensed pharmacist in Illinois, worked at a pharmacy that distributed and administered vaccines across the country.
Zhao has been charged with 12 counts of theft of government property.
“Knowingly selling COVID vaccination cards to unvaccinated individuals puts millions of Americans at risk of serious injury or death,” Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr said in a news release. “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.”
If convicted, Zhao faces up to 10 years in prison on each count, according to the DOJ.
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