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West Seneca couple become first to face felony charges for falsified vaccination cards

The line to enter a Buffalo Bills game at Highmark Stadium Sept. 25, 2021.
Mike Desmond

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn on Wednesday said felony charges have been filed against a married couple from West Seneca for what's suspected to be falsified COVID-19 vaccination cards.

Michael Naab, 34, and Amber Naab, 37, were arraigned Tuesday night in Orchard Park Town Court, each on one count of second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The two are accused of intentionally presenting falsified vaccination cards at Highmark Stadium to gain entry to a Buffalo Bills game on Jan. 15, in violation of the state's Truth in Vaccination legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Dec. 22.

The Naabs are the first people to be prosecuted under this law in Erie County. They are scheduled to return to court on Feb. 22 for a felony hearing and have been released under their own recognizance, since the charge is non-qualifying for bail.

If convicted, they each face a maximum of seven years in prison.