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Upstate NY midwife pleads guilty to fraud in COVID vaccine card scheme

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Kathleen Breault, 66, a midwife from Albany, pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge on Monday for her role in distributing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards.

Breault admitted in court that she and Kelly McDermott, owner of Sage-Femme Midwifery, handed out over 2,600 fraudulent vaccine cards and destroyed vaccine vials in 2021 and 2022. This occurred during a time when vaccine mandates were in effect for many employees. McDermott’s case is still pending.

Breault faces 10 to 16 months in prison and must pay over $37,500 in restitution. She could receive a maximum five-year sentence when sentenced on Sept. 18. The scheme involved falsely logging patients into the state’s immunization database and was one of the busiest Johnson & Johnson vaccine sites in New York.