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Man faces federal charges for allegedly selling 600 fake vaccine cards for $75 each

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Man faces federal charges for allegedly selling 600 fake vaccine cards for $75 each

A man is facing fraud charges for allegedly selling over 600 fake COVID-19 vaccine cards that he advertised on Facebook for $75 each.

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Amar Shabazz, 23, from Maryland, USA, purchased the fake vaccination cards through a foreign online marketplace in June and immediately started advertising them on his social media accounts, federal prosecutors said.

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A month later, he posted “I sell proof of vaccination cards” underneath a link to a news article about restaurants requiring proof of vaccination.

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A private text message also shows Shabazz telling one potential buyer that he had run out of vaccine cards.

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“Made 300 today. I’m sold out. Just bought 500 more cards. 60×500 is $30k. I’m gonna be rich,” he told the person, prosecutors said.

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Shabazz, who was only released from prison in April after serving time for possession of child porn, allegedly delivered the vaccine cards via the US Postal Service, New York Post reports.

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Man faces federal charges for allegedly selling 600 fake vaccine cards for $75 each

 

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In late August, amid a crackdown on fake vaccine cards, Customs and Border Patrol agents seized a package addressed to “Mar Sha” and linked to Shabazz’ phone number.

 

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After being alerted that his package was delayed by the shipping company, Shabazz allegedly searched online for whether customs were inspecting packages for vaccine cards.

 

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Man faces federal charges for allegedly selling 600 fake vaccine cards for $75 each

 

He then placed another order for vaccine cards from the same website under the name “Ace Boogie,” prosecutors said.

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The FBI raided his home in October.

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Shabazz is facing up to 20 years each for mail fraud and obstruction of justice if convicted in the vaccine card case.

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