Lookout Update: Santa Cruz CORE Founder Jaimi Jansen Sentenced to 3 Years Probation in Federal COVID Fraud Case

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After pleading guilty in June on federal charges of distributing fake COVID-19 vaccination pellets and vaccination cards, Jaimi Jansen, founder and CEO of Santa Cruz CORE Fitness + Rehab, was sentenced to three years probation on Wednesday upon returning to federal court from San Francisco. Jansen must also pay a $300 fine to the U.S. Special Assessor along with an additional fine of $12,470, his personal profit from the scheme.

Update on Jaimi Jansen Fraud Case

She initially faced a five-year prison sentence, a $250,000 fine and three years of probation.

Jansen was part of a larger program designed by Juli Mazi, a Napa-based naturopathic doctor who once worked in Santa Cruzwho herself pleaded guilty in April to “misrepresentation related to health care matters” and wire fraud. Jansen worked as a distributor for Mazi.

Mazi has since fired her lawyers and is representing herself. She is to be tried in November and faces up to 20 years in prison for the wire fraud charge and an additional five years for the misrepresentation charge. Each charge includes a fine of up to $250,000 and three years of supervised release.

A filing in April by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California said that “40-year-old Jansen provided each customer with a vial containing the individual dose of fake ‘vaccination pellets’ supplied by Mazi, the fake pristine and fraudulent. [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] COVID-19 vaccination cards also provided by Mazi, and a printout of Mazi’s two-page instruction sheet with instructions on how to complete fake and fraudulent CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards to give the impression that the recipient had received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Judge Charles Breyer noted that he approached Jansen’s case differently than he usually would.

“Normally, I would send people to prison for that. In this case, I have the feeling that you yourself have been victimized and exploited,” he said. “Although it is regrettable, the probation service and the lawyer have provided a good image of your life and who you are.”

“I think you care a lot about others, but are somewhat naive to the forces around you, some of which are not benign.”

An emotional Jansen expressed regret during her sentencing hearing.

“I never imagined that I would be in court for my own conviction,” she said. “My upbringing always taught me to do the right thing and contribute positively to society, and I failed. I’m sorry for putting people at risk and I continue to take steps to ensure that nothing such does not happen again.”

It’s unclear at this point if Jansen will return to his role as CORE’s frontman. The company had not responded to Lookout on this issue at the time of publication.

The case against Jansen is part of a larger federal case incriminating 21 people, including seven Californians, and alleged COVID-19 aid fraud totaling nearly $150 million.

On April 19, San Francisco’s U.S. attorney accused Jansen of making false statements related to health matters, alleging that from May 2021 to July 2021, she sold fake COVID-19 vaccination cards as well as fake “vaccination pills”.

The case itself is laid out in the US attorney’s brief.

According to the documents, the purpose of the program was to “make money by pretending that homeoprophylactic vaccinations would provide immunity against COVID-19” while making it look like customers had received Food and Drug-approved vaccines. United States administration.

Although Jansen is the main named person in the complaint, she also points to the involvement of other CORE employees.

The filing states that around May 2021, “Jansen and Santa Cruz CORE employees engaged in health care consultations with Dr. Juli Mazi, who offered homeoprophylaxis pellets for sale and claimed that they could provide lifelong immunity to COVID-19, and fake and fraudulent CDC COVID-19 vaccination cards, which Mazi says must be completed to make it look like the recipient has received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. 19 cleared by the FDA, when it is not.

Santa Cruz CORE declined to comment on this claim.

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