Connecticut woman who created fake electronic COVID-19 vaccine records sentenced

Zaya Powell has been sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $5,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service because of her role in creating fraudulent COVID-19 records for 14 people.

Ms. Powell worked as a data entry specialist at Derby, Conn.-based Griffin Health. In this position, she traveled to COVID-19 vaccination sites and had access to Griffin's EHR, blank COVID-19 cards and the CDC's Vaccine Administration Management System database. 

Between August 2021 and October 2021, Ms. Powell entered false records into the EHR system, stating that 14 individuals who had not received a COVID-19 vaccine had received a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, according to a Nov. 4 Justice Department press release. 

Ms. Powell pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement related to a health matter on Aug. 12.


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