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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Woman charged over fake COVID exemption certificates

Police have charged a woman who they allege pretended to be a doctor and issued 600 fake COVID-19 medical ‘exemption certificates’.

Police say the forged certificates stated the bearer was exempt from undergoing COVID testing, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine and wearing a mask.

“Investigators from Task Force Sierra Linnet, in conjunction with Gold Coast Detectives, executed a search warrant at an address on Robert Street, Labrador, where a woman was arrested,” Queensland Police said in a statement.

A 45-year-old Darling Heights woman has been charged under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner.

She is the first person in Queensland to be charged with this offence. The woman is scheduled to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday October 28.

It will be alleged that the woman told police she has issued approximately 600 false medical ‘exemption certificates’ in relation to COVID.   

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