Santa Cruz business owner pleads guilty in federal fraud case

SANTA CRUZ — Santa Cruz business owner Jaimi Jansen pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to distributing fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards and homeopathic medicines she says would provide immunity for life against COVID-19.

According to the federal complaint filed on April 19, Jansen, owner of the integrative health and wellness center, Santa Cruz CORE, distributed homeoprophylactic vaccination lozenges and fraudulent Center for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 vaccination records. to approximately 170 beneficiaries from May to July. 2021, for which she raised around $19,500 and profited $14,000. Jansen’s case is linked to criminal charges against Julie Mazi, of Napa, who pleaded guilty in April to selling the fake vaccination pellets and cards to about 300 people.

According to the federal complaint, “Jansen served as a distributor for Mazi, a Napa-based naturopathic physician, and aided and abetted Mazi’s plan by purchasing the false and fraudulent CDC COVID-19 homeoprophylaxis lozenges and vaccination records. and reselling them to third parties.”

Jansen appeared before Senior District Judge Charles R. Breyer in San Francisco on Friday with his attorney, Peter Leeming, and pleaded guilty to three counts of health-related misrepresentation. The sentences for each of the counts against Jensen include a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, up to three years of post-release supervision and forfeiture of the approximately $19,500 she collected for pellets and fake vaccination records.

Jansen is scheduled to appear for sentencing at 10 a.m. on September 28, before Breyer in San Francisco.

Anyone with information about alleged attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Disaster Fraud Center hotline via the NCDF online complaint at justice.gov.

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