Police to crack down on people ordering fake vaccine cards

Police to crack down on people ordering fake vaccine cards

Head of public relations of the Jakarta Metropolitan Regional Police, Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus, holding a press conference at the Jakarta Police Headquarters. (ANTARA/Taufik Ridwan/RA)

Jakarta (ANTARA) - People ordering fake vaccine cards as well as antigen and PCR swab result certificates will face legal action, head of public relations of the Jakarta Metropolitan Regional Police, Sr. Comr. Yusri Yunus, has said.

"For those who ordered (fake vaccine cards and COVID-19 test result certificates), we will track everything because you could be a suspect here," he said at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

According to Yunus, people who order fake vaccination cards or COVID-19 test certificates could be punished for falsification of data.

So far, he said, fake certificates for vaccinations, PCR, and antigen swab tests have commonly been purchased by employees seeking to meet work trip requirements.

In fact, it has not been uncommon for employees to seek a positive COVID-19 certificate so they can self-isolate and get out of work for several days, he added.

"Even yesterday, someone asked to be recorded positive on their COVID-19 test result certificate so they can self-isolate and avoid work," Yunus informed.

He urged Indonesian citizens to refrain from such practices because they could potentially expand coronavirus transmission and endanger people's lives.

Recently, Yunus said, the Jakarta Metropolitan Police arrested two persons, identified by their initials as RAR and TM, for allegedly selling fake vaccination cards and COVID-19 test result certificates.

He informed that the two suspects marketed their services through the social media platform Facebook under the name Rani Maharani.

After establishing contact with customers, they discussed payments via WhatsApp, he said. They were accepting bank transfers or phone credit top-ups ranging from Rp50 thousand to Rp 100 thousand in value, depending on the order, he added.

The two have been charged under the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) law and face 12 years' imprisonment, if convicted, Yunus said.

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