A 23-year-old notary from St. Louis admitted that she ordered 989 fake COVID-19 vaccination cards from China.

Morgan Webb pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal misdemeanor for intentionally buying the fake cards, which were labeled on a shipping manifest as thank-you cards.
They were intercepted by customs agents in September at a DHL shipping hub in Kentucky and later delivered to Webb's home in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports her plea deal agreement does not detail Webb's motives or indicate if she sold any of the cards. Attorneys have agreed to recommend at Webb’s sentencing April 20 that she get probation.

And on Thursday morning, Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Notaries and Commissions Unit within his office revoked Webb’s notary commission after she pleaded guilty to ordering the fake vaccination cards.

The Notaries and Commissions Unit appoints and commissions notaries public and authenticates official acts of the governor.

Ashcroft believes notaries serve a vital role and should be held to the highest standard.

“Our society today has an increased dependence on notarization. The notary process enables confidence and engenders trust – and, therefore, it is an important part in the legal structure,” Ashcroft said. “Notaries are accountable for following the law - we cannot tolerate illegal activities or intentional misconduct. It is important that we safeguard the integrity of notaries and what they do."

In a revocation letter to Morgan Webb, Ashcroft’s office said, “You are hereby notified that your notary commission is being revoked upon your plea of guilty in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri."

Webb has 30 days to appeal the revocation before it takes effect.