An Illinois woman is behind bars in Hawaii after allegedly trying to scam officials into thinking she was vaccinated against COVID-19.
A big tip-off for screeners when they looked at a vaccination card allegedly uploaded by 24-year-old Chloe Mrozak, of Oak Lawn, was that the name of the vaccine - "Moderna" - was misspelled. It said “Maderna."
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The card also indicated she’d received the vaccines in Delaware by members of the National Guard.
Upon checking, investigators discovered there was no trace of her vaccination.
Mrozak left the airport before her hotel reservations were confirmed by screeners, according to Hawaii News Now. Documents revealed that she listed a Holiday Inn Express in Waikiki as her place of stay.
But, Hawaiian officials said they were unable to reach Mrozak at the cellphone number and email address she listed on forms and wasn’t staying at the hotel where she claimed she had reservations.
Mrozak went about her weeklong vacation and when she arrived at Inouye International Airport for her flight back home on Saturday, police were waiting for her.
The woman she was traveling with was not arrested.
Mrozak is being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center accused of falsifying vaccination documents, which is a misdemeanor offense.
Her bail has been set at $2,000.
In mid-August, two mainland tourists visiting Hawaii were also arrested for falsifying their COVID-19 vaccine identification cards, according to the Hawaii Attorney General’s office and Hawaii News Now.
The travelers, identified as 19-year-old Trevor Chung and 57-year-old Norbert Chung, were detained at the Daniel K. Inouye Airport in Honolulu after officials received a tip from a community member.
Hawaii Gov. David Ige has since urged tourists to hold off on traveling to the state as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge.