Florida Couple Caught Using Fake COVID Vaccine Cards While on Vacation

A Florida couple has been arrested after they allegedly used fake COVID-19 vaccination cards after they arrived for a family vacation in Hawaii, according to reports.

Daniela, 31, and Enzo Dalmazzo, 43, of Miami Beach, were charged with numerous counts of using the falsified documents when they arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii.

According to NBC 6, the couple was arrested on August 11 on the north shore of the city when they tried to use the cards for their children, both of whom were too young to be vaccinated.

In court records filed with the Hawaii Attorney General's office, and seen by NBC 6, it was found Enzo was charged with one count of using a fake COVID-19 vaccination document while Daniela was handed three counts, including those for their children born in 2016 and 2017.

The couple was cited a total of $8,000 for breaching the state's emergency pandemic proclamation and that both had since posted bail.

A Facebook comment from the Office of Enterprise Technology Services, State of Hawaii, read: "Public records show Enzo Dalmazzo was cited for $2,000, while Daniela Dalmazzo received a $6,000 citation for submitting fake vaccination cards for herself and two children under the age of 12."

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Should the couple be found guilty of faking the vaccination cards, they could face a fine of up to $5,000, upwards of one year in jail, or both.

NBC 6 added the arrests were carried out as part of Hawaii's Safe Travels program, introduced during the pandemic, and had been the second case of tourists using faked vaccine documents in the last week.

Special Agent Joe Logan, who works at the Hawaii Attorney General's Office, told the network: "The screener at the airport when they came through noticed an anomaly about the age of the children and the vaccine and that's how we got involved.

Newsweek has contacted the Honolulu Police Department and the state's Attorney General's Office for comment.

In March, the FBI issued a public service announcement that making or buying a fake vaccination card is illegal.

Hawaii has seen a sharp uptick in COVID cases since July and has seen 8,536 cases in the past two weeks, according to the state's COVID-19 data dashboard.

It also said there had been 3,078 hospitalizations in that time and that 52,846 people in total had been infected with the potentially deadly virus.

Hawaii has also administered1,810,177 vaccinations, of which 61.5 percent have received both jabs while 69.5 percent have taken at least one shot.

The state does not require visitors to be fully vaccinated when they arrive by plane but does compel tourists to produce a negative test within 72 hours of traveling.

Daniella and Enzo were arrested last week
Daniela and Enzo were arrested last week. The couple faces a $5,000 fine, one year in prison, or both. Hawaii Police Department