Toowoomba woman charged with issuing hundreds of fake Covid-19 medical exemptions

A Toowoomba woman who allegedly pretended to be a doctor has been arrested and charged with issuing hundreds ‘medical exemptions’ that state a person does not need to be tested for Covid, receive a vaccine, or wear a mask.

Queensland Police said investigators from Task Force Sierra Linnet, in conjunction with Gold Coast Detectives, on Wednesday arrested and charged a 45-year-old Darling Heights woman under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner.

Toowoomba woman charged with issuing hundreds of fake Covid-19 medical exemptions

Camera IconIt will be alleged that the woman told police she has issued approximately 600 false medical ‘exemption certificates’ in relation to Covid. iStock Credit: istock

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

The arrest came after police executed a search warrant at an address on Robert Street, Labrador, on the Gold Coast.

Toowoomba woman charged with issuing hundreds of fake Covid-19 medical exemptions

Camera IconA 45-year-old Darling Heights woman has been charged under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner Tony McDonough / NCA NewsWire, Credit: News Corp Australia

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

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

Investigations continue.

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