The arrest took place around 10:40 pm on Tuesday in East Garden City, where police during a drug investigation noticed a man sitting in a gray Mazda with a running engine.
The man, 21-year-old Zachary Honig, got out of the vehicle when officers approached and after asking him for an ID, they noticed brass knuckles in the car as he opened the passenger’s side door.
Inside the vehicle, they found a controlled substance and 62 vaccination cards against COVID-19.
Eight of them were said to be completed, with only the “name”
Some are dated last week, while others are dated 30 days ahead.
Authorities say he planned to share them with family and friends, and according to court documents, he also admitted to selling them to students so they could return to school.
“His intention was to tell them with family members and friends that they could go to the places and possibly even use them at school when they return in September,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder. “You can’t have such scams happen. The idea of getting us back to normal is that when you go in and they require this card, you want to make sure that this card is factual.”
Dr. Brian Harper of New York Tech says that forging a COVID vaccination card hurts everyone.
“Many of us as health professionals and public health professionals will use this card to determine how to plan to reduce the likelihood of the virus so that you can take advantage of the system, but in the end it adversely affects the whole community, “he said.
Honig has no pre-trial detention and is charged with eight counts of criminal possession of a counterfeit instrument, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon and petty theft.
“We are cooperating with the Nassau County Police Department’s investigation into an employee of our Hempstead Turnpike CVS pharmacy store in Levittown,” the company said in a statement. “Following his arrest, we took immediate steps to terminate his employment, as his alleged activities were contrary to our values, policies and commitment to safe and secure vaccination protocols.”
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