Nurses allegedly made $1.5 million selling fake COVID cards on Long Island, New York

AMITYVILLE, Long Island — Two Long Island nurses are accused of forging COVID-19 vaccination cards and pocketing more than $1.5 million from the scheme, prosecutors and police said.

Julie DeVuono, owner of Wild Child Children’s Health Care Facility in Amityville, and her employee, Marissa Urraro, have both been charged with tampering. DeVuono was also accused of providing a false tool for filing.

Both are scheduled for Friday.

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney said DeVuono and Urraro gave fake immunization cards, charging $220 for adults and $85 for children.

DeVuono, a nurse practitioner, and Urraro, a licensed practice nurse, entered false information into the New York state immunization database, he said.

Prosecutors said the nurses forged a fake card showing that the vaccine was given to an undercover detective but never vaccinated the detective.

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“I hope this sends a message to others who are considering gaming the system, that they will be caught and that we will do the utmost in law enforcement,” Tierney said in a statement with other officials.

Law enforcement officers searched DeVuono’s home and said they seized about $900,000 in cash and a ledger showing more than $1.5 million in profits from the scheme starting in November 2021.

“As nurses, these two individuals should understand the importance of legal immunization cards as we all work together to protect public health,” said Suffolk County Sheriff Rodney Harrison.

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