Police charge woman over issuing fake COVID medical exemptions at Gold Coast

Police have charged a woman for allegedly pretending to be a doctor and issuing fake medical ‘exemption certificates’ stating a person is exempt from undergoing COVID testing, receiving a vaccine and wearing a mask.

This morning, investigators from Task Force Sierra Linnet, in conjunction with Gold Coast Detectives, executed a search warrant at an address on Robert Street, Labrador, where a woman was arrested.

A 45-year-old Darling Heights woman has now been charged under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner.

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

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

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

Investigations continue.

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