Millionaire and his Russian wife pretend to be hotel workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19
The Canadian millionaire and casino owner, as well as his Russian actress wife, pretended to be motel workers in order to shorten their turn for COVID-19 vaccinations, writes New York Post.
Rodney Baker, 55, and his wife, Catherine Baker, 32, allegedly chartered a private jet to Beaver Creek on January 21 to receive doses of Moderna vaccinations.
“In essence, they have jeopardized our community and our isolated group,” said Yukon head of public services, John Straker. "I am very angry about all this."
The mobile clinic staff administered the vaccine to approximately 100 Beaver Creek residents, most of whom are Aboriginal White River people.
According to Yukon News, the wealthy couple allegedly lied to the clinic workers about where they lived and worked. But they raised suspicion when they asked for a ride to the airport after receiving their vaccinations.
Clinic staff informed authorities after the motel confirmed that the Bakers did not actually work there.
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The officers first searched for the couple in nearby Whitehorse, where they were to be quarantined, and eventually found them at the airport preparing to fly back to Vancouver.
“We just didn’t expect anyone to do this to cheat the team and get vaccinated, and I think we were all very offended by this,” Straker said.
The Bakers faced two charges under the Yukon Civil Emergency Measures Act, one for refusing to self-isolate and the other for failing to comply with travel declarations.
The maximum penalty they face is a fine of up to $ 1150 and / or jail time of up to six months.
Rodney Baker, who reportedly earned $ 10,6 million in 2019 as CEO of the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation, stepped down on Sunday, January 24.
The company, which owns several casinos across Canada, has been involved in an investigation into corruption and money laundering allegations since last year.
The tycoon reportedly married Ekaterina, an actress of Russian origin, in 2017.
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The White River Nation condemned the couple's actions and called for harsher punishments.
“We are deeply concerned about the actions of people who put our elderly and vulnerable people at risk for selfish ends,” said Chief Angela Demit.
The community, she said, was chosen for the vaccination, "given our remoteness, the elderly and high-risk groups, and limited access to health care."
“While we understand that many want to be vaccinated immediately, it is inappropriate to circumvent the established rules and approach our community in this way,” she added.
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