Queensland woman alleged to have issued ‘hundreds’ of fake COVID-19 exemptions identified as Maria Pau

A Queensland woman who allegedly pretended to be a doctor and issued “hundreds” of fake medical exemption certificates for COVID-19 has been named.

Maria Pau, who goes by the name of Maria Power, runs an online charity named Coaching with Substance.

She is alleged to have falsified certificates to give people exemptions from having COVID tests, being vaccinated or needing to wear a mask.

The 45-year-old, who is originally from Toowoomba, was arrested and charged on the Gold Coast on Wednesday after police conducted raids at a Labrador address.

Queensland police allege Ms Pau told officers she had issued about 600 false COVID certificates.
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She was charged with five counts of taking a title indicating a person is a health practitioner.

According to Ms Pau’s social media, she lives on the Gold Coast and coaches people “grappling” with mental health, domestic violence and addiction issues.

She is due to appear in the Southport Magistrates Court on October 28.



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