“Fake Vaccination Cards” Former Nurse Julie DeVuono Sentenced For Her Crimes

Julie DeVuono Pays The Price For Fighting the Government-Big Pharma-Complex

The story about the money laundering and forgery of former Amityville nurse Julie DeVuono is sad and abhorrent, in my opinion. I first heard about the allegations against Ms. DeVuono in April 2022, when a group of 25 NYC Department of Education teachers who lived on Long Island received notice from the NYCDOE that they had been found guilty of defrauding the Department by submitting fake vaccination cards and would be taken off salary immediately. They asked for my help. I jumped in, full of outrage at the lack of due process that these people had to experience. My focus for 25 years has been to ensure that the highest standards of due process are given to every person accused of anything by their employer.

As this story is about what happened to these 30 Department employees (the original group of 25 was enlarged to 30- 28 with tenure and two without), I’m not going to go into here the details about the humongous errors of the NYCDOE as far as due process, but you can read all about the outrageous claims made by Special Commissioner of Investigation Senior Investigator Gerald Conroy in his Conroy Affirmation. Nothing calls out for reform of SCI as well as the other investigation subagencies within the DOE, such as the Office of Special Investigations (OSI) and Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO – NOT to be confused with the EEOC) more than reading that document, where more than 82 educators were suddenly, without notice removed from their salary because Conroy “believed” that they were all guilty of fraud. That’s what I mean by “abhorrent”. The case I worked on for the 30 educators won in the NY Supreme Court, and everyone got their positions back with their salaries, benefits, and all back pay from April 5, 2022, when they were removed from the payroll. Astonishingly, the NYCDOE did not file an Appeal of the Order issued by Judge Gina Abadi. ORDER OF JUDGE ABADI

I used the word “sad” because it torments me to know that the Department of Education thinks that they can deny anyone their due process rights on a whim and ignore the disastrous consequences this action may have on the students of these people and their families, the students themselves, and the educators and their families, lives, and careers. Shame on you, DOE. I am very proud of being a professional voice against this pattern and practice for more than 25 years, ever since the DOE deliberately tried to harm my four children after I blew the whistle on theft in District 3 on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and then at Stuyvesant High School. As an investigative reporter since the mid-70s, I seek facts for every case, then add in, hopefully, why and how it happened. But I’m not afraid of anyone. Tormented, yes, afraid, no.

I wrote in one of the articles about this case that:

“Next time you scream and yell at someone because they were accused of something in the media, just stop. Next time someone tells you to ostracize someone you work with because they might have done something they should not have done, don’t follow this “advice.” People wrongfully accused suffer for the rest of their lives and remember every comment that hurt their soul.”

Here are some articles previously posted:

Teachers Accused of Faking Their COVID Vaccination Deserve Due Process

UPDATES ON The Alleged “Fake” Vaccination Card Fraud Scheme and 82 Educators Employed By the NYC Department of Education

Julie DeVuono Investigated For Giving Fake State-Mandated Vaccinations To Children

The 3020-a Arbitration Newswire: Digging Up The Garbage On the UFT/DOE Partnership of Harm For Charged DOE Employees

Betsy Combier

Former Long Island nurse sentenced for fake COVID vaccine card scheme as she speaks out for the first time

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. – A former Long Island nurse was sentenced Tuesday for a scheme involving fake COVID vaccine cards at the height of the pandemic.

Julie DeVuono, 51, admitted to money laundering and forgery. She was sentenced to 840 hours of community service in lieu of six months in jail. She was also sentenced to five years of probation, and has to forfeit $1.2 million. Much of the money was seized in her home in 2021, along with ledgers documenting profits.

“This defendant abused her power as a nurse by submitting forged COVID-19 vaccination records and fraudulent prescriptions for oxycodone to state-wide databases,” said District Attorney Ray Tierney.

The judge called her “an opportunistic thief.”

She spoke out publicly for the first time Tuesday.

“You do what’s right, and you suffer the consequences,” DeVuono said.

“My client is basically the one who fell on the sword for everybody,” her attorney Jason Russo said.

Russo claims it was government interference with personal liberties that created the climate for fake vaccines.

“Anybody in our society had the right to decide for themselves,” DeVuono said.

DeVuono was the owner of Wild Child Pediatric Health Care in Amityville. She charged $220-350 per adult fake shot and $85-220 for children. She then falsely reported shots to the state, while allegedly dumping thousands of scarce vials.

“As for the greed, at that time the going rate for a COVID card on Long Island was $500,” DeVuono said. “I had to charge something because I had to cover my extra expenses.”

Authorities said she laundered the money on a mortgage for her home which she shared with her husband, an NYPD pilot. As part of the sentencing, they must give up all firearms. DeVuono also surrendered her nurse practitioner and registered nurse licenses, and agreed to close the pediatric clinic which had been open since her arrest.

Supreme Court Justice John Collins admonished DeVuono.

“You endangered the lives of hundreds, if not thousands,” he said. “You are an opportunistic thief.”

“Whatever I do next will be better, because it’s not in New York,” DeVuono said.

She and her family have moved to Pennsylvania, but she must report to New York state probation.

The state Health Department revealed in court that DeVuono also filed additional fraudulent paperwork for 226 patients, including children, who allegedly received other fake vaccines from her.


However, there are new questions about the vaccines given to children by Julie DeVuono:

Julie DeVuono, nurse who admitted to COVID fraud, reported giving 7,555 childhood vaccinations, records show

By David Olson david.olson@newsday.com, Newsday.com, July 1, 2024

The former Amityville nurse practitioner who admitted filling out thousands of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination forms did not report administering a childhood vaccine in New York for 17 years — until shortly after the state ended religious and other nonmedical exemptions, state records show.

Over the next two years, Julie DeVuono then reported giving kids more than 7,500 vaccines.

DeVuono reported 153 measles, mumps and other childhood vaccinations in 2019, a number that soared to 3,421 in 2020 and 3,981 in 2021, according to state Department of Health records obtained through a Freedom of Information Law request. She was arrested for falsifying COVID-19 documents in January 2022 and later pleaded guilty for the COVID-19 falsifications.

The state Department of Health on June 11 publicly announced it had filed administrative charges against DeVuono, alleging she gave “at least 226 separate vaccinations to at least 26 pediatric patients when, in fact, they had not administered the reported vaccinations.”

With each violation carrying a maximum fine of $2,000, DeVuono could face fines of up to $452,000.


The state has no record of vaccinations administered by DeVuono from when she was licensed in 2002 as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner until after she enrolled in the state’s immunization registry in October 2019. That was four months after the state ended nonmedical exemptions for vaccines and just after the start of the first school year that the policy was in effect. Anti-vaccine parents on Long Island held protests against the new rule, which was implemented following the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades.

“That jump in the number from nothing to thousands just sets off every possible alarm bell,” said Arthur Caplan, a professor of bioethics at New York University and an expert on vaccine policy.


The state continues to look into DeVuono and her former practice, Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare, Health Department spokeswoman Erin Clary said in an email. She declined to comment on whether health officials believe DeVuono falsified childhood vaccine records beyond the 226 listed in the statement of charges, and how the department determined that the 226 records are false, citing the “ongoing investigations.”

DeVuono’s Garden City attorney, Jason Russo, said his client insists she did not falsify childhood vaccine records, and “if people came to her for vaccinations for their children, they got vaccinations.”

Asked why DeVuono reported administering shots to kids starting in 2019 after not doing so for years, Russo said, “I really don’t know what sparked an increase in that part of her business. This is the first time I’m hearing that.”

DeVuono, who could not be reached for comment, surrendered her New York nursing licenses, effective in December.

After DeVuono and her corporation, Kids-On-Call Pediatric Nurse Practitioner P.C., pleaded guilty in September in connection with the COVID-19 falsifications, the Suffolk and Nassau health departments recommended — although they did not mandate — that school districts require any child with a Wild Child vaccination record receive proof of immunization from another health care provider.

Some school districts followed those recommendations and warned parents that their children would not be able to attend school unless they received the additional proof of vaccination. But at least several districts backed down from the mandate after either receiving warnings of potential legal action if they did not drop the requirement or after being contacted by parents, attorneys for parents said. It’s unclear if any Wild Child patients were ever excluded from a Long Island school.

The state cannot provide an accurate estimate as to how many children Wild Child’s 7,555 reported vaccinations represents, Clary said. The allegations of 226 falsified vaccines for 26 children works out to an average of 8.7 shots per child. If the same ratio were used for all reported vaccinations in 2021, that would mean she reported vaccines for roughly 460 children in 2021.

Caplan said the surge in reported vaccinations is “exceedingly suspicious,” especially because of DeVuono’s conviction for forging COVID-19 vaccine documents, and because she started reporting large numbers of childhood immunizations just weeks after unvaccinated children were required to obtain the shots to legally attend school.

“Given her conviction, the numbers are sending out a signal that goes past suspicion over to probability” that DeVuono was falsifying records for childhood vaccines, Caplan said.

New York has required that health care providers report vaccinations for anyone 18 or younger to its Immunization Information System since the system first began operating in 2008. Reporting to regional vaccination registries before then was voluntary, but any health care provider who gave a vaccine to someone 18 or younger after Jan. 1, 2008, was required to report that person’s previous immunizations as well.

The state doesn’t mandate that children obtain vaccines, but kids cannot attend school or day care without them. That, experts say, is to not only protect children receiving the vaccines, but to protect children who cannot get certain vaccines for medical reasons, such as allergic reactions. It also safeguards children whose immune systems may not respond effectively to vaccines.

In addition, the more children not vaccinated, the more risk there is of a disease outbreak, said Richard Carpiano, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside, and an expert on vaccine uptake.

Falsifying immunization documents to get kids enrolled in school “creates huge risks, not just for your child but for others as well,” he said.

Before the advent of vaccines, measles, diphtheria and other diseases for which immunizations are now required killed thousands of people each year and sent tens of thousands to hospitals.

Steve Politi, a Central Islip attorney who represents Brooke Hogan, formerly a receptionist at Wild Child, said people drove long distances — from places such as Laurel, 55 miles away — to obtain vaccination records from Wild Child.

“I can’t imagine a scenario where somebody is going to drive an enormous distance just to get a shot,” he said.

Hogan had no direct knowledge of any fraud because she was not a medical employee, he said.

Newsday received records following Freedom of Information Law requests to several school districts that also showed that some Wild Child patients lived many miles away. For example, there were 10 students from the Eastport-South Manor Central school district who had vaccination records from Wild Child as of November, even though schools the children attended are as many as 40 miles away from Wild Child.

Caplan, the NYU professor, said the anti-vaccine movement has an informal network in which word spreads about which practitioners will falsify documents.

Jeanette Breen, a Baldwin midwife that the Health Department said administered homeopathic “oral pellets” instead of required childhood vaccines to nearly 1,500 students, and then falsely claimed they were vaccines, also had a wide geographic range of patients, including from upstate and New York City, the state said. On Long Island, patients came from 81 of the region’s 124 school districts, a Newsday review of state records found. Breen acknowledged the falsification of 12,449 vaccine records, which began three months after the nonmedical exemptions ended.

“These are just two people getting caught,” Carpiano said of Breen and DeVuono. “Who knows who else has been doing this who hasn’t been caught?”

Hogan was charged with second-degree forgery in connection with the falsified COVID-19 records, but Politi said he reached an agreement June 14 with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office that resolved her case “without a criminal conviction.” The case is sealed, he said.

Hogan could not be reached for comment.

Marissa Urraro, a licensed practical nurse at Wild Child, also was charged with second-degree forgery. Her attorneys did not respond to requests for comment, and Urraro could not be reached for comment.

State Education Department records show that the Board of Regents accepted the surrender of Urraro’s nursing license in May 2023 and that “licensee did not contest the allegations of having acted in concert with others” to falsify COVID-19 records.

The district attorney’s office did not respond to questions on what happened with Hogan’s and Urraro’s criminal cases.

Russo said DeVuono “is not anti-vaccination. She is anti-mandate,” whether for COVID-19 or childhood vaccines. He criticized the state for its latest charges against her and said that the state so far has declined to identify the 26 children other than by their initials, making it difficult for DeVuono to defend herself.

Clary declined to comment, citing “pending litigation.”

DeVuono’s online hearing before an administrative law judge on the new Health Department charges is scheduled for Sept. 9.

DeVuono currently lives in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. In her updated LinkedIn profile, she identifies herself as “pediatric nurse practitioner — self employed.”

She has not applied for a nursing license in Pennsylvania and cannot practice nursing in the state, Pennsylvania Department of State spokesman Matt Heckel said in an email.

With Jim Baumbach

Health departments warn schools not to accept vaccination cards from Julie DeVuono, Wild Child Pediatrics