Gold Coast woman accused of handing out more than 600 fake Covid medical exemption certificates

Rebecca Le MayNCA NewsWire
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A Gold Coast woman was allegedly pretending to be a doctor when she issued hundreds of fake Covid-related exemption certificates - and police are concerned she may have dished out more.

After executing a search warrant at a home in Labrador, police on Wednesday charged the 46-year-old woman with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner.

Police allege she had issued more than 600 false medical exemption certificates.

They say she engaged with people across the country, mainly via initial online video consultations, and after her arrest, received several calls from concerned people who believed they may have had interactions with her.

“In many instances, people would not have known the woman was acting illegally,” Queensland Police said on Saturday.

“However, it is important to recognise the ‘exemptions’ issued by the woman are invalid.”

Police would like to speak with anyone who believes they may have spoken to the woman via phone, video conference or in person.

Anyone with information about the woman’s alleged offending can contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or calling 131 444.

They can also report anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.crimestoppersqld.com.au

Originally published as Gold Coast woman accused of handing out more than 600 fake Covid medical exemption certificates

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