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Hawaii tourists arrested on fake vaccine card charges

A father and son accused of trying to enter Hawaii as tourists using forged vaccination cards face a year in prison and $5,000 fines, reports USA Today.

Authorities arrested Norbert Chung and his 19-year-old son Trevor at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye Airport last week.

The Attorney General’s office say they received a tip prior to the two’s arrival.

Governor David Ige says the state takes its covid-safety program seriously.

“We’ve been pretty aggressive in enforcing and prosecuting those violators that we have become aware of,” he said. “We have pursued quarantine violations. We do have a case where we had travelers forging vaccination records that we’ve filed charges against.”

The Chungs are from the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles, according to ABC7.

Norbert Chung’s LinkedIn profile lists him as the founder of The Pacific Palisades Group.

“In reality, you’re taking a big risk and a big chance of falsifying documents that, in most states, getting the vaccine and PCR test is free, or of a nominal fee, and so why you would try and attempt that or do it through a falsified document, really you have to ask why,” said Joe Logan of the Attorney General’s office, reported KION.

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