Seven detained on suspicion of fraudulent vaccination and bribery in Latvia

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The State Police (VP) has detained seven people this month on suspicion of bribery of doctors and requesting a bogus imitation of the Covid-19 vaccine, VP said August 13.

State Police chief Armands Ruks said at a press briefing that three criminal proceedings have been initiated. 

One of the processes is based on suspicion that three women have provided fictitious vaccination against Covid-19 for 200 people. Ruks said that the investigation is ongoing and the number of 'customers' could be higher. According to the information at the police's disposal, the group had organized their roles in looking for 'customers' and imitating the injections.

Ruks said the cost of the fictitious vaccination had been EUR 200. He also urged people to stop this 'madness' and turn themselves in, as the law allows avoiding criminal proceedings in that case.

"People, wake up and do not take the criminal route," said Ruks.

Another group of three had allegedly made fraudulent Covid-19 vaccination. The police believe that dozens of people have received false certificates as a result of this group's activity.

In another case, a doctor had allegedly been offered a bribe for imitating vaccination. The doctor had alerted the police for this. The person has been detained on suspicion of bribery.

The Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau (KNAB) has also received signals about alleged fraud of vaccination certificates or documents in exchange for money or other illegal goods. If a doctor or other medical staff member agrees to create a fraudulent Covid-19 certificate, it falls under document fraud in Criminal law and the offenders are faced with criminal liability.

If residents encounter an offer to receive a fake Covid-19 certificate, KNAB asks to contact them immediately. Residents are asked to contact KNAB also in cases where there is information about possible fraud of vaccination certificates. It can be done anonymously on the Ziņo KNAB application.

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