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Archive for August 17th, 2021

CBP Seizes Thousands of Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Nationwide

Fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have seized thousands of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards in the past few months, but the investigations are draining resources normally used to intercept drugs, CBP said. 

Agents at the port of Memphis recently found more than 3,000 fake vaccine cards that were inside more than 120 packages, CBP announced. Agents spotted a suspicious shipment from Shenzhen, China, that was headed to New Orleans. The package contained 41 blank, “low quality” counterfeit cards with typos. 

It was the 15th intercepted shipment of the night from all over the country. 

“The recipients of this ubiquitous contraband are unfortunately all over the United States,” CBP said in a news release.

The FBI has warned that it’s a crime to buy, sell or use counterfeit vaccination cards. 

“These vaccinations are free and available everywhere,” Michael Neipert, area port director of Memphis, said in a statement. “If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, that is your decision. But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself. CBP Officers at the Area Port of Memphis remain committed to stopping counterfeit smuggling and helping to protect our communities. But just know that when you order a fake vaxx card, you are using my officers time as they also seize fentanyl and methamphetamines.”

Charles A. Dayoub Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Kansas City Field Office

FBI Special Agent Charles Dayoub

By Steve Neavling

Charles A. Dayoub, who was serving as section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office. 

Dayoub began his career as a special agent in 2005, when he was assigned to the El Paso Field Office in Texas, investigating counterterrorism as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). He also served on the El Paso SWAT team. 

In 2008, he joined the JTTF in the Washington Field Office.  

In 2011, Dayoub was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, where he oversaw international terrorism originating in the Horn of Africa. 

He was promoted in 2013 to supervisory special agent of a JTTF squad in the Philadelphia Field Office. 

In 2015, Dayoub was picked to lead the Newtown Square Resident Agency of the Philadelphia Field Office. As the supervisory senior resident agent, he supervised multiple programs, including white-collar crime, violent crime, crimes against children, health care fraud, and gangs and criminal enterprise investigations. 

 In 2017, he returned to the Counterterrorism Division as the assistant section chief of the international terrorism operations section that covered extraterritorial terrorism investigations and operations in the Middle East and Europe and includes the FBI’s Fly Team. 

In 2019, Dayoub was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cyber Branch at the Washington Field Office, where he was responsible for cyber national security and criminal computer intrusion investigations and operations. He also oversaw the Cyber Task Force and the Computer Analysis Response Team. 

In 2020, he was promoted to section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. 

Before joining the FBI, Dayoub was enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and practiced law in Dallas.  He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baylor University and a Juris Doctor from the Texas Tech University School of Law.