New York nurses charged with forging Covid vaccine playing cards to earn greater than $1.5 million

Prosecutors said that officers obtained a ledger documenting profits in excess of $1.5 million from the alleged illegal activity.

Office of the District Attorney County of Suffolk

Two nurses on New York’s Long Island are being charged with forging Covid-19 vaccination cards and entering the fake jabs in the state’s database, a scam that allegedly raked in more than $1.5 million.

The Suffolk County District Attorney on Friday arrested Julie DeVuono, 49, the owner and operator of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare in Amityville and her employee, Marissa Urraro, 44, according to a complaint.

From November 2021 to January 2022, the pair of allegedly forged vaccination cards, charging adults $220 apiece and $85 per child for a fake record that would land in the New York State Immunization Information System database. Prosecutors said that on one or more occasions, DeVuono and Urrano allegedly created records to indicate a vaccine was given to an undercover detective despite never administering the vaccine.

Julie DeVuono (L) and Marissa Urraro’s booking photos from the Suffolk County Police Dept. on Jan. 29th, 2022

Courtesy: Suffolk County Police Department.

“Forging COVID-19 vaccination cards and entering false information into the New York
State database used to track vaccination records puts the health and well-being of others at risk, and undermines efforts to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” special agent Scott Lampert said in a statement announcing the charges.

During a search of DeVuono’s home, officials said officers seized roughly $900,000. They also allegedly found a ledger documenting profits from the scheme in excess of $1.5 million.

During a search of Julie DeVuono’s home, officials said officers seized roughly $900,000.

Office of the District Attorney County of Suffolk

DeVuono’s husband Derin DeVuono, who is a New York Police Department officer, is being investigated by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau in terms of his possible involvement in his wife’s alleged scheme, sources told the New York Daily News.

DeVuono and Urraro are each being charged with one count of forgery in the second degree. DeVuono is also being charged with an additional count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree. The pair’s legal defense was not immediately clear.

Just a month ago, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law criminalizing fake Covid-19 vaccination cards.

Well being Variant: Why journey nurses matter (and make good cash)

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Travel Nurses. They are healthcare professionals, reinforcements who were instrumental in helping understaffed nursing staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And you probably haven’t even heard of it.

While not every short-term caregiver makes big bucks, high paychecks are possible, especially when health systems are desperate for help. At some point that year, a health system in South Dakota was looking for critical care, crisis response nurses and offering more than $ 6,000 a week.

On the latest episode of The Health Variant podcast, presenter and NewsMD health correspondent Jeremy Fugleberg speaks to Professor Joshua Gottlieb, Associate Professor and Nursing Researcher at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicagofor answers on why traveling nurses are so important and why they are highest dollar can be paid for what they do.

Also discussed: Gottliebs Proposal to compensate health workers for the provision of vaccines, potential incentives to vaccinate more people, increase office hours, and other steps.



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Journey nurses headed to Alabama due to CARES Act cash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Healthcare facilities are grappling with a persistent lack of care and if you combine this with the pandemic, they desperately need more help.

Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday that she was providing funds from the CARES bill to help. The CARES bill will be used to pay for state nurses to come and help.

The $ 12.3 million federal grant will fund travel nurses who come to the state of Alabama to help with health facilities that need them.

Dr. Don Williamson, director of the Alabama Hospital Association, says the nurses will not be dispatched immediately. Part of the process is identifying who needs help most and then creating a plan based on those needs to serve the areas most in need.

At the moment he says more than half of the ventilators available are being used by COVID patients and we have reported a shortage of ICU beds, both of which stretch the staff extremely thin.

“We are very confident that in the next few days and weeks we will be able to support some of our hospitals that have been so negatively affected by this current crisis,” said Williamson.

Dr. Williamson calls this a critical point and commends the governor for raising the funds to get aid.

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