An employee of a California mass vaccination site has been charged with stealing 528 blank COVID-19 vaccine cards.
According to police, 45-year-old Mohamed Rauf Ahmed from Las Vegas took the cards from the Pomona Fairplex website.
“On April 27, 2021, police detectives in La Verne were notified of the possible theft / misappropriation of blank Covid-19 vaccine cards by a local officer,” La Verne police said.
“LVPD detectives responded and found that the suspect had stolen blank Covid-19 vaccine cards and put them in his car.”
Additional cards were found at the hotel where the non-clinically appointed employee was staying.
“While conducting follow-up, detectives found more empty Covid-1
The motivation for the theft was not specified by the authorities, who appeared as fake vaccine cards began to be sold illegally online.
In April, the FBI warned that the production or possession of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards was illegal and could be punishable by fines or imprisonment for up to five years or both.
“The Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and the FBI are advising the public to be informed about those selling counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards and encouraging others to print fake cards at home.” The FBI reads. “Fake vaccination cards are advertised on social media websites, as well as on e-commerce platforms and blogs.”