Queensland Police lays charges over fake COVID-19 exemptions

Queensland Police have charged a woman who allegedly pretended to be a doctor and issued hundreds of fake “exemption certificates” for COVID testing, vaccinations and mask wearing.

Detectives on Wednesday executed a search warrant at an address in the Gold Coast suburb of Labrador, where a 45-year-old Darling Heights woman was arrested.

She has been charged under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner.

The woman is the first person in Queensland to be charged with this offence.

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

The woman is scheduled to appear at the Southport Magistrates Court on October 28.


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