24-year-old Illinois woman submitted fake COVID-19 vaccination card to travel to Hawaii with blatant misspelling that led to her arrest: Moderna spelled “Maderna,” court documents show .
In order to bypass the 10-day travelers quarantine in Hawaii, she uploaded a vaccination card to the state’s Safe Travels program and arrived in Honolulu on Aug. 23 on a Southwest Airlines flight, according to the documents.
“Airport screening officers found suspicious errors … such as Moderna was misspelled and her house was in Illinois but her photo was taken in Delaware,” wrote Wilson Lau, a special agent for the Hawaii Attorney General’s Investigations Division, in an email to a Delaware. official who confirmed that there was no vaccination record for the woman under her name and date of birth.
The email is included in the documents filed in court. She has been charged with two counts of violating Hawaii’s emergency rules to control the spread of COVID-19. She was being held on $ 2,000 bail until a judge releases her in a hearing today and schedules another hearing in three weeks, according to the Public Defender’s Office.
State Public Defender James Tabe, whose office represented her in hearings this week, declined to comment on her case, noting that it is not clear whether she will hire her own lawyer or request that a public defender represents it.
Voicemail to a number listed for her in court documents was full today. She did not immediately respond to an Associated Press text message.
In addition to the suspicious card, authorities determined that the travel information she provided indicated that she would be staying at a Waikiki Holiday Inn, but did not include a reservation number or return flight information. , according to court documents.
An assistant hotel manager confirmed to Lau that she did not have a reservation. Lau said in the court document that he tried to call the number she provided, but his voicemail was full. He said he emailed her and got no response.
Lau said he searched for her on Facebook and found a photo showing a “distinctive tattoo on her left hip.”
The tattoo helped authorities find her at a Southwest Airlines counter as she attempted to leave Honolulu on August 28, according to the court document. She showed her identity card and vaccination card to Lau, who informed her that she was arrested for forging vaccination documents.
Other visitors to Hawaii have been arrested for fake vaccination cards, including a father and son from California, who appeared in court via Zoom today and waived their rights to a jury trial.