STA, 23 February 2022 - The Kranj Local Court has issued convictions for five men involved in a Covid-19 vaccination fraud where one of them got vaccinated on behalf of the other four. The verdicts are not yet final, the daily Delo reported on Tuesday. One of the defendants was given a sentence of ten months in prison, while the other four were fined.
In addition to the prison sentence for the man who had received jabs for the other four, the court imposed a fine of EUR 2,550 on two and a fine of EUR 1,360 on the remaining two.
The Kranj Health Centre told Delo that it was tragic that a man whose plight had been exploited by others was sentenced to imprisonment, whereas the others received only a fine.
Last December, the police charged the five men from the Gorenjska region and Ljubljana area for vaccination fraud. The man who took the shots for the others to get the Covid pass received seven doses of a coronavirus vaccine, together with the two doses for himself, and was caught attempting to get the eight shot.
Since the man received a small payment for this, the police believe that the four men exploited his plight and personal circumstances to their own advantage and induced him to commit the offence despite the possible consequences to his health.
Radio Slovenija reported at the time that the man who had got the jabs for other people was allegedly a drug addict.
Under the law, taking jabs in somebody else's name or presenting fake Covid certificates carries a sentence of up to three years in prison.