A Hudson Valley teacher was arrested for the alleged use of a fake COVID-19 vaccine card to get a teaching job.
On Tuesday, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced the arraignment of a now-former Westchester Community College assistant teacher who allegeldy altered a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to obtain a full-time position at the college.
On November 9, 2021, at approximately 6:07 a.m., Sonya Tarter Wilson submitted a copy of a forged COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, with her name and date of birth, in order to obtain permanent employment at Westchester Community College, which has a vaccination requirement, officials say.
When asked by the college for the original COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, Wilson admitted that the card she submitted belonged to a family member and that she altered the information on it, according to court documents.
“The creation of fraudulent vaccination cards is a deceitful tactic that puts others at an increased risk of the serious effects of COVID-19,” Rocah said. “Individuals with relevant information about anyone possessing or selling fake or altered COVID-19 vaccination cards are encouraged to contact my office.”
Wilson, 50, of Mount Vernon, was charged on Monday in Greenburgh Town Court with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a felony. The Westchester County Department of Public Safety made the arrest following an investigation.
Wilson is scheduled to appear again in Greenburgh Town Court on January 21, 2022.
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