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A Gold Coast woman has been charged by Queensland Police for allegedly pretending to be a doctor and issuing fake medical ‘exemption certificates’. The certificates stated that the person is exempt from undergoing COVID testing, receiving a vaccine and wearing a mask.

This morning, investigators from Task Force Sierra Linnet, in conjunction with Gold Coast Detectives, executed a search warrant at an address on Robert Street, Labrador, where a woman was arrested.

‘A 45-year-old Darling Heights woman has now been charged under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner,’ said a Queensland Police spokesperson.

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

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

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

Police said that investigations are continuing.


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