Strange twist in case of nurse accused of FAKING a Covid-19 vaccine to a teenager as police DROP the charge and she's given a cash payout

Charge against Perth nurse Christina Hartmann Benz has been dropped It was alleged she faked administering a Covid vaccination to a teenagerNo reason was given for the decision to drop charges against BenzBenz was awarded $1500 in costs by Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday

A Perth nurse accused of faking a COVID-19 vaccine jab to a teenager has had her charge dropped.

Christina Hartmann Benz, 51, was allegedly observed by a doctor last month failing to administer a shot to a teen who she knows.

It was alleged the registered nurse, who worked at a private medical centre in St James, inserted the needle into the teenager’s arm but didn’t push down on the plunger.

Charge against Perth nurse Christina Hartmann Benz (pictured) has been dropped after it was alleged she faked administering a Covid vaccination to a teenager she knew

Charge against Perth nurse Christina Hartmann Benz (pictured) has been dropped after it was alleged she faked administering a Covid vaccination to a teenager she knew

The court awarded Benz (left) $1500 with no explanation as to why charges were dropped

The court awarded Benz (left) $1500 with no explanation as to why charges were dropped

She was accused of disposing the full syringe and making a false entry in the medical records system, which recorded that another medical centre staffer had administered the dose instead of her.

Police further alleged the woman had obtained approval from her employer to administer the vaccine to people she knew at the clinic.

The medical centre reported the alleged breach to WA Police and Benz was arrested at her Byford home before being charged with one count of gaining benefit by fraud.

Benz (centre) and her lawyer declined to comment on the case outside court

Benz (centre) and her lawyer declined to comment on the case outside court

During a brief hearing in Perth Magistrates Court on Tuesday, it was revealed the charge had been discontinued. No reason was given for the decision.

The court awarded Benz $1500 in costs.

Benz and her lawyer declined to comment outside court.

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