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DA investigation: Tennessee’s licensed vaccine chief didn’t buy a muzzle

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A new investigation has revealed that former Tennessee vaccine chief Michelle Fiscus did not send herself a dog muzzle, according to a report from Nashville prosecutors first obtained by WSMV.

Driving the news: The memo criticized a 2021 state investigation that said the muzzle was purchased with Fiscus’ credit card.

  • The prosecutor’s report said the Tennessee Department of Security and Homeland Security’s “summary investigation” took no further steps to determine who was behind the purchase made on an “account. Duplicate Amazon” created on behalf of Fiscus.
  • After further investigation, the District Attorney’s Office determined “there is evidence that Dr. Michelle Fiscus’ personal identifying information has been compromised, exposed, and used by unknown actors.”
  • There was no evidence that Fiscus was involved, according to the report.

Why is this important: It’s the latest development in a long-running controversy surrounding Fiscus, who was fired last year amid criticism from Republican lawmakers who were upset with the health department’s efforts to convince teens to get away with it. get vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Fiscus said someone sent the muzzle in her last days on the job and she interpreted it as a threat.
  • She strongly criticized the state’s initial investigation into the case, which she called “bad quality.” She denied buying the muzzle and called for the local investigation.

What she says: Fiscus told Axios that she had to wait “seven long months for the truth to come to light”, and she welcomes “further investigation into the identity of the sender”.

  • “The initial report from the TN Department of Security suggested that I sent this muzzle to myself and released it to the press without my knowledge, causing me significant professional and personal harm,” Fiscus said in a statement.
  • “I shouldn’t have had to conduct an outside investigation on my own, but I’m grateful to the Nashville Metro Police and the Davidson County District Attorney for their thorough investigation.”

State of play: Nashville investigators searched for the out-of-state IP address and phone number linked to the muzzle order and duplicate Amazon account.

  • They interviewed people associated with the IP address and phone number, in Texas and Pennsylvania, but were unable to establish a connection between them and “anyone living or working in the state of Tennessee”.
  • The DA report did not rule out a political motivation for the muzzle order, but said “no specific actor can be identified at this time.”

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