CHICAGO (BRPROUD) – A Chicago pharmacist faces a dozen theft of government property charges after allegedly selling legitimate COVID vaccination cards online.
Between March and April 2021, 34-year-old Tangtang Zhao of Chicago sold 125 COVID vaccination cards to 11 separate buyers for a price of $10 each on eBay, according to court documents.
“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.”
If convicted, Zhao could face sentencing of 10 years in prison per count, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice.
The case is under investigation by the FBI and the Office of Inspector General for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS-OIG).