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Unvaccinated woman convicted in $10M Ponzi scheme a ‘sitting duck’ for COVID at CT prison

A Rhode Island woman serving eight years in the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution for her role in a $10 million Ponzi scheme is suing the prison and its warden to be released to home confinement because she claims she cannot safely be vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the complaint.

Monique Brady, 46, contends in the complaint filed Dec. 16 that the prison is failing to take precautions against COVID-19 and she was wrongly passed over for home confinement even though she has underlying medical conditions that make her vulnerable to the disease. In the lawsuit, Brady claims she was advised to not receive further vaccinations after suffering a bad reaction from the first shot.

After dozens of women in the area where she is housed tested positive for COVID-19 last week, Brady is now asking a judge to move up the Jan. 14 deadline the prison has to “show cause” as to why she shouldn’t be released.

“Respondents have learned nothing or retained nothing from the nearly two years of litigation surrounding the class action lawsuit that was brought by medically vulnerable inmates of FCI-Danbury at the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic,” Brady said in an ex-parte application for relief filed last Tuesday.

Since Brady filed the lawsuit, conditions in the minimum security “camp” where she is being held have deteriorated with more…

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