They came at 6 a.m. 300 police officers stormed 24 apartments, confiscated passports, stickers and tens of thousands of euros. Major raid against vaccination pass forgers in Lower Saxony and Hesse!
In the sights of the emergency services: five suspects (between 21 and 29 years) from the Hildesheim area. They are said to have faked countless corona vaccination passports and sold them on social media. Price: 50 to 200 euros. Anyone with such a passport can fake a vaccination and, for example, take an untested train ride or visit restaurants. A danger to everyone!
But vaccination fraudsters are discovered more and more often. Usually when you want to convert your passport into a digital certificate. Attentive pharmacists then call the police.
The number of criminal proceedings against vaccine fraudsters is increasing rapidly: in mid-October, according to a BamS survey, there were at least 1,111 in all 16 state criminal investigation offices. In the meantime, according to a new survey, there are three times as many: at least 3273. The hotspot is Bavaria with 1282 cases. NRW made no new information. Anyone who falsifies or uses vaccination records can face up to ten years imprisonment or a fine.
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The first vaccine fraudsters were still amateurs: In June a man (26) showed a passport forgery with vaccinations from two doctors in a pharmacy. But one was already retired, the other dead. The Wolfsburg district court sentenced the man to a fine of 600 euros.
Today counterfeiters are often shockingly professional. And the mills of justice grind slowly. The public prosecutor’s office in Munich I has not charged a single one so far. Spokeswoman Anne Leiding: “The cases are often complex. We will process them quickly, but thoroughly. There will be first judgments in a few months. “
“The state must finally take action!” Says police unionist Rainer Wendt (64). “Pharmacists, police officers and the public order office need access to the data of the Robert Koch Institute, in which all vaccinated persons are registered. This is the only way they can check whether someone has been vaccinated or their passport is forged. “