Who is Juli Mazi? San Francisco doc gave fake vaccine passports, pills, charged with wire fraud

Homeopath Juli Mazi, 41, could spend 20 years in jail for allegedly defrauding and endangering the public


                            Who is Juli Mazi? San Francisco doc gave fake vaccine passports, pills, charged with wire fraud
Dr Juli Mazi from California is charged with wire fraud for giving fake vaccine passports and unauthorized pills claiming they will cure Covid-19 (Juli Mazi's Website)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: A licensed homeopathic doctor in San Francisco, Juli Mazi, was arrested on July 14, 2021, for her alleged scheme to sell homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets. She also gave out false vaccination passports to make it appear that her patients received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized Moderna vaccine, according to the Department of Justice's office in North Carolina. The case is the first federal criminal fraud prosecution related to homeoprophylaxis immunizations and fraudulent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 vaccination record cards.

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Dr Juli Mazi gave out homeopathy pills to patients claiming it had a small amount of COVID-19 virus which would cure them  (Representational Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

 

Who is Juli Mazi?

Dr Juli Mazi, 41, is a naturopathic doctor based out of Napa Valley, California. She pursued a Master of Science degree from Portland State University and studied naturopathy at the National College of National Medicine. She has been practicing as a naturopathic doctor since 2012, according to her LinkedIn profile. She started at Santa Cruz Naturopathic Medical Center and then at Thrive Medical Center in California before going independent and offering virtual and phone consulting to patients, as well as occasional house calls in the Napa area. 

Mazi was charged with one count of wire fraud and one count of false statements related to health care matters. According to Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, “This defendant allegedly defrauded and endangered the public by preying on fears and spreading misinformation about FDA-authorized vaccinations, while also peddling fake treatments that put people’s lives at risk." Her statement in the press release issued by the DOJ's office also said, "Even worse, the defendant allegedly created counterfeit Covid-19 vaccination cards and instructed her customers to falsely mark that they had received a vaccine, allowing them to circumvent efforts to contain the spread of the disease." 

The matter came to light after an individual made a complaint to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) hotline in April 2021. The complainant said that family members had told her/him that Mazi stated that the pellets contained the Covid-19 virus and would create an antibody response in the immune system. The complainant reported that her/his family did not receive injections of any of the three FDA-authorized Covid-19 vaccines. However, in connection with the delivery of the homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets, Mazi sent Covid-19 Vaccination Record cards, with Moderna listed, to the complainant's family.

Mazi allegedly instructed the complainant family to mark the cards to falsely state that they received the Moderna vaccine on the date that they ingested the Covid-19 homeoprophylaxis immunization pellets. Mazi is alleged to have falsely claimed that orally ingesting pellets with small amounts of Covid-19 would result in full lifelong immunity from the virus. Mazi also told patients that the pellets were safe for children and that "the dose is actually the same for babies."

Charges against Juli Mazi

Mazi is charged with wire fraud, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1343, and making false statements related to health care, in violation of 18 U.S.C. Section 1035.  If convicted, Mazi faces a maximum statutory prison sentence of 20 years for the wire fraud charge and 5 years for the false statements charge. In addition, each charge carries a maximum $250,000 fine and 3 years of supervised release. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the US Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. Section 3553.

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