A Miami, Florida couple was busted earlier this month for allegedly attempting to use fake COVID vaccination cards to travel to Hawaii for themselves and their children.
They were caught trying to use them at an airport and were taken into custody on the north shore of Honolulu, Hawaii according to a report.
NBC Miami reported that Enzo Dalmazzo, 43, and Daniela Dalmazzo, 31, were charged with falsifying a vaccination card. They were arrested on Aug. 11 after an airport screener became suspicious while examining a vaccination card that the couple foolishly presented for their two children who appeared to be too young to receive the vaccine. They were born in 2016 and 2017.
“The screener at the airport, when they came through, noticed an anomaly about the age of the children and the vaccine, and that’s how we got involved,” Special Agent Joe Logan, of the Hawaii Attorney General’s office, stated.
(Video Credit: NBC Miami)
Hawaii requires proof of vaccination for travelers coming into the state that want to avoid a 10-day quarantine. Hawaii requires visitors to submit a vaccination card or a negative coronavirus test taken no more than 72 hours before a trip or face a quarantine.
The charge against the couple is a misdemeanor. They could be fined up to $5,000, get a year in prison, or both for fraudulently trying to use the bogus cards.
The mother, Daniela, purportedly faces additional charges for their two children according to complaints filed by the office of Hawaii’s Attorney General. They have since posted $8,000 in bail and have been released according to WESH.com.
The parents were arrested as part of Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program implemented during the pandemic. Their case is the second instance of visitors using fake vaccination cards that have occurred within the last week.
A California father and son were also arrested for trying to use fake vaccination cards as they entered the state of Hawaii. Norbert Chung, 57, and Trevor Chung, 19, were busted at Honolulu’s airport for allegedly showing fake COVID-19 passports according to the New York Post.
The FBI is warning that making or using a fake vaccination card is illegal. The unauthorized use of an official government agency’s seal is a punishable offense according to the agency.
Both Hawaii and Florida are reportedly seeing spiking COVID-19 case counts as the Delta variant rampages across the country. The difference is that Hawaii is mandating vaccine verification.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection revealed last week that officers working at the Port of Memphis are unbelievably seizing hundreds of counterfeit COVID-19 cards every night.
“These vaccinations are free and available everywhere,” asserted Michael Neipert, who is the area port director of Memphis. “If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, that is your decision. But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself. CBP Officers at the Area Port of Memphis remain committed to stopping counterfeit smuggling and helping to protect our communities. But just know that when you order a fake vaxx card, you are using my officers’ time as they also seize fentanyl and methamphetamines.”
People were not impressed with the couple’s actions or with the government’s either for that matter:
Good looks, no brain.
— John (@J86SD) August 19, 2021
THEY WOULD HAVE GOT IN LESS TROUBLE IF THEY WOULD HAVE PUT ON BLM T-SHIRTS AND BURNED HAWAII TO THE GROUND!!
— Phuck Eweu (@PhuckEweu) August 20, 2021
How stupid a person can be? How ignorant? She made false vaccination cards for her 4 and 5 y.o. ??? 🤦🏽♀️
— 😷 Vale (@ValeriaBussetti) August 19, 2021
We are heading in the direction of Nazi Germany, checking papers and arresting anyone that cannot prove theirs are valid.
— blusterbus (@blusterbus) August 20, 2021
So what …. We shouldn’t have to use them anyway 😎 pic.twitter.com/RNHapQDE9M
— Trump3.0 (@trump3_0) August 20, 2021
Like this outcome wasn’t expected. It will happen many times over due to zero national plan and radically different laws per state. 🙄
— Independently Not Wealthy (@IndependentlyN2) August 19, 2021
This headline sounds like it came right out of nazi Germany
— Austin (@Austin63851537) August 20, 2021
I thought Hawaii was part of the U.S why do they need a vaccine card? Taking a mugshot for this BS. They are forcing the vaccine on us. If you can’t guarantee the vaccine is 100% safe Y R we acting 1 sided here. Some people don’t want experimental drugs in their system accept it
— Liv (@Liv1ss) August 20, 2021
Would they have gotten caught if they didn’t also have fake cards for their 4 & 5 year olds? Doesn’t seem like the brightest idea.
— Dave Kleikamp (@ShaggyKC) August 19, 2021
Vax ID but no Voter ID? State ID but NO VOTER ID?? Drivers license but NO VOTER ID ??? Socialist America !
— Penataquit (@jailcall1) August 19, 2021
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