Authorities on Wednesday arrested a Napa doctor for selling fake COVID-19 antibody treatments and vaccination cards.
Juli A. Mazi, a 41-year-old homeopathic doctor, sold fake immunization pellets to patients, claiming it gave “lifelong immunity” against novel coronavirus. The doctor also sold fake vaccination cards to patients that included instructions on how to falsify their records, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
“This defendant allegedly defrauded and endangered the public by preying on fears and spreading misinformation about FDA-authorized vaccinations, while also peddling fake treatments that put people’s lives at risk,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco said in the press release. “Even worse, the defendant allegedly created counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and instructed her customers to falsely mark that they had received a vaccine, allowing them to circumvent efforts to contain the spread of the disease.”
Authorities received notice about Mazi’s scheme after an individual submitted a complaint to the Health Department. According to the complaint, Mazi sold pellets and vaccination cards to their family. She also told them the FDA-approved vaccines contained “toxic ingredients” and encouraged them that her products were safe for adults and babies, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
Federal authorities have charged Mazi with crimes related to selling fraudulent vaccination cards, wire fraud and false statements related to health.