Bayonne pharmacist charged with selling fake COVID vaccine cards
A pharmacist operating in Hudson County has been arrested and charged after selling fake COVID-19 vaccination records, according to the attorney general’s office.
Christina Bekhit was selling the cards to individuals without actually administering the vaccine, then entering false information into the state’s immunization records database, the office said.
Bekhit, who operates the AllCare pharmacy in Bayonne, was arrested on June 22 and charged with second-degree computer criminal activity; third-degree falsification of public information; and fourth degree destruction, falsification or alteration of medical care records.
According to authorities, three undercover investigators received forged COVID-19 vaccination cards from Bekhit for $250 each. The cards displayed vaccination dates and lot numbers for injections that had never been administered.
An investigation by the Insurance Fraud Attorney’s Office’s Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Unit was opened after the unit received information that Bekhit had sold a fraudulent card to a Bayonne agent conducting a fraud operation. infiltration in January 2022.
During that meeting, authorities say, Bekhit asked the officer if he “really wanted to get vaccinated.” When the officer said no, Bekhit offered to sell him a vaccination card. Before the officer could leave the pharmacy, Bekhit reportedly told the officer, “If someone you know wants a vaccination card, bring it to me.
During two subsequent visits in February and March, Bekhit allegedly accepted payments for fake vaccination cards and entered false information into the New Jersey Immunization Information System database, authorities said.
According to the Consumer Division, the State Board of Pharmacy has been notified of Bekhit’s arrest and will consider disciplinary action related to his professional credentials.
Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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