US Attorney's Office warns of fraudulent 'face mask exempt' documents being used

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota is warning the public about fake "face mask exemption" documents that are being distributed over the internet and otherwise.

The attorney's office is urging the public to be aware of the fraudulent postings, cards or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the fraudulent documents use the U.S. Department of Justice's seal.

The documents were not issued by the Department of Justice and are not endorsed by the department. The department also never granted permission for the use of its seal for this purpose. Misuse of the department seal is a federal crime.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth facial coverings in areas where social distancing guidelines may be difficult to maintain.

For official information regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act you can follow the link here.