A 23-year-old man in Maryland is facing federal charges after allegedly distributing at least 600 false COVID-19 vaccination cards.
Amar Shabazz is accused of purchasing the cards through a foreign online marketplace before advertising and selling them across social media, according to the Department of Justice.
"Covid19 vaccination card who want one," he posted to one account. "$75 a pop."
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Shabazz ran the scheme for at least one month, according to the criminal complaint.
He posted comments to articles that complained about vaccine mandates and restrictions, supposedly messaging would-be customers that he was sold out of cards on more than one incident, the complaint read.
Shabazz purchased at least two groups of 300 and 500 cards, respectively, according to messages seen by authorities. One shipment addressed to "MARSHA" was seized and found to be associated with Shabazz's phone number.
The alleged card dealer had ordered more cards from the foreign site, which he received in August, and purportedly posted them for sale, according to the DOJ. Authorities were already investigating the operation and had begun interviewing several alleged customers.
Officials searched the accused dealer's basement on Oct. 1 and uncovered a list that consisted of "Things I'm doing when I get out (updated)," written by Shabazz.
The list consisted of "getting money illegally," "scamming," and getting legal counsel for advice on what "not to do."
Shabazz was arraigned in court on Dec. 3.
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He was previously sentenced for possession of child pornography and, if convicted of the new charges, could receive up to 20 years for each charge of obstruction of justice and mail fraud.