COVID-19 “Exempt” Cards Not Authorized by U.S. Dept. of Justice

COVID-19 “Exempt” Cards Not Authorized by U.S. Dept. of Justice

COVID-19 “Exempt” Cards Not Authorized by U.S. Dept. of Justice Featured

By / Local News / Monday, 29 June 2020 01:44

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NORTH CAROLINA - According to U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin of the Middle District of North Carolina, "The public [needs] to be aware regarding fraudulent postings, cards, or flyers on the internet regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the use of face masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of which include the United States Department of Justice’s seal."

The cards are being distributed by a non-existent agency with a non-working website at  and is reportedly the product of anti-face-mask and anti-COVID-19 restrictions.

According to U.S. Attorney Matthew G.T. Martin, these postings, cards, and flyers were not issued by the Department of Justice and are not endorsed by the Department.

"Do not be fooled by the chicanery and misappropriation of the DOJ eagle," said U.S. Attorney Martin. "These cards do not carry the force of law. The ‘Freedom to Breathe Agency,’ or ‘FTBA,’ is not a government agency."

U.S. Attorney Martin urges the public not to rely on the information contained in these postings and flyers and to visit for official information about the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information and technical assistance about the ADA, please contact the ADA Information Line at 800-514-0301 (voice) and 800-514-0383 (TTY).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing cloth facial coverings in areas where social distancing guidelines may be difficult to maintain, especially in areas of significant community-based transition.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at


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