Five people are on trial, from this Monday, by the Nanterre Criminal Court (Hauts-de-Seine), for having sold, between May and November 2021, around 11,000 fake health passes. The members of this network broadcast “anti-vaccine” messages from Snapchat accounts and offered fake passes between 250 and 330 euros each. They collected the buyers’ names and Social Security numbers and hacked into the vaccine database.
The five people, three men, two of whom are imprisoned, and two women (one of whom was absent from the hearing on Monday), are being prosecuted, in particular for computer crimes, fraud in an organized gang, money laundering in an organized gang or for complicity or concealment of these same offences.
From “counterfeiters” to “fundraisers”
The investigation carried out from August 2021 following anonymous information had made it possible to identify eleven people for acts committed between May and November 2021. Among these eleven people, five have already been sentenced to sentences ranging from ten to twenty-four months suspended prison sentence including eight months firm at a hearing of appearance on prior recognition of guilt in November.
Among those prosecuted are “counterfeit sellers”, who produced the fake passes themselves and resold them, “resellers”, who bought these fake passes from third parties before reselling them to their customers, and “collectors of funds”, who were responsible for donating the proceeds.
A booty of nearly 400,000 euros
No health professional, whose numbers were used, is among those prosecuted. The crooks took advantage of “the negligence of these professionals, who validated the session openings too hastily”, according to the investigating judge. To hack into the vaccine database, the procedure was simple: all you had to do was obtain the RPPS number (“shared directory of health professionals”) of a doctor and send a request for authorization to open a session. to the professional concerned.
The investigators estimated the total amount of revenue from this network at 396,000 euros, by adding the lines of an accounts journal found in a man’s home. The court’s decision is expected on Wednesday.