NEW HAVEN \u2014 A Waterbury woman pleaded guilty Friday to creating fake COVID-19 vaccine records for more than a dozen people, including some state employees, according to federal prosecutors. Zaya Powell, 25, of Waterbury, faces up to five years in prison. She waived her right to be indicted and pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer in New Haven to making a false statement relating to a health care matter, U.S. Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery said in a news release. Powell\u2019s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 4, according to the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office. Powell created fraudulent vaccination records while she was a data entry specialist for Griffin Health Services Corporation. In that role, she went to various COVID-19 vaccination sites throughout the state and, though she didn\u2019t administer vaccines, she had access to Griffin Health\u2019s electronic health record system and stacks of blank COVID-19 vaccination cards, the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office said. She also had access to the vaccine administration management system, a database developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that tracked vaccines, according to the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office. From August to October 2021, Powell created false records in the management system stating that 14 individuals received single doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at a Griffin Health location. None of these 14 individuals had actually received a vaccine from Griffin Health or from any other health care provider, the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office said. Additionally, Powell gave the 14 individuals fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine cards. The cards included \u201clot numbers of genuine vaccines that were administered to other Griffin Hospital patients,\u201d the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office said. An investigation conducted by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that four of the 14 individuals were state employees who worked at the Southbury Training School, a Connecticut Department of Developmental Services facility, according to the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office. Since these individuals were state employees, they were required under an executive order by Gov. Ned Lamont to meet certain vaccination requirements by Sept. 27, 2021, the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office said. \u201cThe four employees sought and used the fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards created by Powell and the false entries in VAMS [Vaccine Administration Management System] created by Powell to falsely document that they had received a COVID-19 vaccination,\u201d the U.S. Attorney\u2019s office said. It was not immediately clear what, if anything, she received in return. Powell is released on a $25,000 bond pending her sentencing scheduled for Nov. 4.