Chloe Mrozak was arrested in Hawaii this week on suspicion of submitting a fake vaccination card in an attempt to go on vacation. The 24-year-old Illinois native went through incredible lengths in order to not get the Covid-19 vaccine. She is one of many people this month who thought that they could bypass airport health and safety regulations with forged vaccine cards.
Court documents obtained by Business Insider found that the handwritten vaccine card stated that Chloe Mrozak had received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine in Delaware and that they were provided by the National Guard. The forged card, which to anyone would have looked completely real, was a dead giveaway upon inspection. Mrozak had misspelled Moderna – one of the three companies providing the vaccine in the U.S. – as “Maderna.”
Ironically, unvaccinated visitors have the right to travel to Hawaii after waiting through a mandatory 10-day quarantine.
According to Hawaii News Now, investigators got a tip that Mrozak had forged her vaccine card and that health care officials in Delaware could not find any record of her vaccinations.
“The AG Quarantine Compliance Team conducted its investigations contacted the appropriate state that does the vaccination and determined there was no record of the suspect that had been vaccinated,” said Special Agent William Lau of the Department of the Attorney General.
Chloe Mrozak was about to fly back home when authorities arrested her at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, identifying her by a specific tattoo found on her Facebook page.
“It was a joint effort that we were able to locate her, and found out when she was leaving even though she was evasive about her lodging location,” Special Agent Lau said. According to the investigation, Mrozak did not confirm her hotel reservation or return flight number. Contacting the Holiday Inn Express she listed, investigators found that the hotel had no reservation under her name as well.
Authorities were only able to locate her at the gate based on a hunch that she would choose to fly back on Southwest Airlines instead of American Airlines because return flights from Southwest are usually cheaper – an option that a majority of tourists reportedly choose to reduce flight costs.
Accused of falsifying her vaccine card, she is being held at Oahu Community Correctional Center with bail set at $2,000, Hawaii News Now reported. The penalty for forging a vaccination card can include a fine of up to $5,000 and a year in prison.
According to the office of the Attorney General, forged vaccine cards like Chloe Mrozak’s may be a larger issue that airport authorities will have to be more vigilant at identifying. “I can say that there [are] still ongoing investigations of various false vaccination documents,” Special Agent Lau said, “and they are actively being investigated at this point in time.”
Two other tourists, Norbert Chung, 57, and Trevor Chung, 19, were arrested at the same Hawaii airport in mid-August for falsifying their vaccination documents. “The Department of the Attorney General will investigate and prosecute those who cheat the Safe Travels program, which was established to keep our islands safe,” the Attorney General’s office said in an official statement.
Special Agent Arthur Logan of the Department of the Attorney General warned that “to come to Hawaii and spend thousands of dollars on a trip and hotel and airfare and the money you’re going to spend to enjoy paradise, you’re going to risk that and spend even more money because you put yourself, your family and others in jeopardy by trying to falsify documents.”
A task force was created for the special purpose of investigating potential forged vaccine cards in 2020, but Special Agent Logan reports that these were the first incidents that ended in arrests.