NAPA, CA – A Napa naturopathic physician pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco to conspiring to sell homeoprophylactic vaccination lozenges and falsifying COVID-19 vaccination cards into believing customers had received the Moderna vaccine licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Northern California said.
Juli Mazi, 41, of Napa, was arrested in July 2021 in what federal authorities have called the first federal criminal case linked to homeoprophylactic vaccinations and fraudulent vaccination cards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC – COVID-19.
“Juli Mazi has admitted that she engaged in a scheme to sell false medical records to her clients,” US attorney Stephanie M. Hinds said. “Mazi made a profit selling fake vaccination cards that she knew would be used to mislead schools into believing that students had been immunized against childhood diseases, as required by law. Mazi also sold fake COVID-19 vaccination cards suggesting she administered the Moderna vaccine to her clients when, in fact, she had not Mazi’s fake health records system put in place endanger the health and well-being of students and the general public at a time when confidence in our public health care system is of critical importance.
Following an investigation by the FBI’s San Francisco Field Office and the Regional Office of the Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services—HHS-OIG—Regional Office in San Francisco, the Office of the U.S. prosecutor charged Mazi with one count of wire fraud and one count of making false statements related to health care matters.
Under a plea agreement filed Wednesday, Mazi pleaded guilty to both counts.
Patch was not immediately able to reach Mazi for comment.
According to court documents, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services – HHS-OIG – received a complaint in April 2021 from a member of the public that Mazi was offering homeoprophylactic vaccination lozenges which, according to her, would provide lifelong protection against COVID-19. Mazi also provided fake CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards with instructions on how to fill out the cards to falsely appear to be records of the Moderna vaccine authorized by the FDA. The investigation found that Mazi provided fake CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards to more than 200 people.
According to court documents, Mazi also offered homeoprophylactic vaccination lozenges in place of childhood vaccinations required to attend school. Mazi provided her patients with misleading “vaccination” cards that she knew would be given to schools and which fraudulently indicated that authorized vaccines had been administered. The investigation revealed that Mazi had provided these fake vaccination cards to more than 100 people.
“The defendant disseminated inaccurate medical information about COVID-19 for personal gain, clearly taking advantage of a situation that had left our community vulnerable,” said FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Tim Stone. “As the government struggled to provide accurate and relevant information during the pandemic, Mazi took advantage of the situation and chose to line his pockets with profits from fraudulent vaccine and medicine documents, abusing the trust placed in her as a medical professional. The FBI will not tolerate such a breach of trust.”
Mazi is due to be sentenced on July 29 in San Francisco. She faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for the wire fraud charge and five years for the misrepresentation charge. Additionally, each charge carries a maximum fine of $250,000 and 3 years of supervised release.