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NY man charged with felony, could face 7 years in prison after being accused of faking COVID-19 vaccine card
A New York man was charged with showing his employer a plagiarized COVID-19 vaccine card. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.David R. Kemp, 24, of Eaton, N.Y., was charged with a second-degree possession of a forged instrument, which qualifies for a Class D felony in the state. The unauthorized use of a government agency’s seal is a federal crime.
A Texas man is facing federal indictment after he threatened a doctor who was advocating for vaccinations,announced in a statement Tuesday.
Scott Eli Harris, 51, of Aubery, Texas, has been charged for threats he made to the Maryland doctor across state lines. The indictment was made on September 29 of this year and has been publicly unsealed as of Tuesday.
It is being alleged that on July 12, 2021, Harris sent a threat to the Maryland doctor via cell phone because of her advocacy for the COVID-19 vaccine. He sent threatening messages over state lines, such as, "Never going to take your wonder drug. My 12 gauge promises I won't... I can't wait for the shooting to start," as revealed in the U.S. Attorney District of Maryland's press release.
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Starting next month, the United States will allow fully-vaccinated foreign nationals to cross its land borders for non-essential purposes.The change would allow foreign tourists to enter the U.S. through land or ferry ports for the first time since March 2020. Government officials have not yet announced a date for the policy change but said it will take place in "early November," in tandem with the country's updated international air travel system.
"We take seriously threats and intimidation, and this charge makes clear that such conduct will be prosecuted federally," said United States Attorney Erek L. Barron. "We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to investigate and prosecute those making such threats."
If Harris is convicted, he will face a maximum five-year-sentence in federal prison, as stated in the press release by the U.S. Attorney's office. However, actual sentences for federal crimes vary and usually are lower than the maximum sentence.
Harris is expected to make his initial appearance at U.S. District Court in Plano, Texas on Wednesday at 10:00 am CT, as stated by the Department of Justice.
Harris's initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore is to be scheduled at a later date.
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One in five Americans now say they're anti-vaxxers. As resistance expands beyond COVID, health experts call the potential impact 'extremely concerning.'The event is being replicated in some form or another in cities and towns across America, emblematic of a growing grassroots movement of people who believe that vaccine mandates—for COVID, yes, but increasingly for other diseases as well—are an affront to their personal freedom.
Vaccine advocates have been recently facing violence and harassment.
California police cited anin August, reported a series of incidents over the summer of vaccine proponents facing violence and harassment, the LA Times put out a story of a person who was stabbed snd a reporter who was assaulted as anti-vaccine demonstrators clashed with vaccine proponents, and just a few weeks ago, in New York.
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