Flynn cautions residents that presenting a forged COVID-19 vaccine card with intent to deceive can result in a felony charge
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn warns anyone who is knowingly in possession of a falsified COVID-19 vaccine card – and presents that forged document with the intent to deceive another of their vaccination status – can be charged with a felony offense. This alert comes as some local colleges and universities require students to provide proof of vaccination in order return to on-campus residency and in-person learning.
A person in possession of a forged vaccine card could be charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, which is a class “D” felony. If convicted, the maximum sentence is up to seven years in prison.
“If you have a fake vaccine card, you can be prosecuted by my office,” Flynn said. “While I do not want young adults who are attending college to pursue their dreams to become involved in the criminal justice system, it is a crime to present a falsified document. I want students to enjoy their college experience while being safe, as COVID-19 still remains a public health concern.”