Vaccination Site Worker Suspected Of Stealing More Than 500 Blank Vaccine Cards
According to investigators, a worker at a mass vaccination facility in California was caught taking more than 500 blank COVID-19 immunization cards.
Muhammad Rauf Ahmed, 45, of Las Vegas, has been charged with grand theft for allegedly stealing immunization cards from the Pomona Fairplex site, according to La Verne police.
“LVPD detectives responded and determined that the suspect had stolen blank COVID-19 vaccine cards and put them in his car,” according to police.
After that, authorities searched his hotel room, where they recovered additional blank cards.
Both sites resulted in a total of 528 immunization cards, according to authorities.
Ahmed had been working at the immunization facility as a non-clinical contract employee.
Police have not stated a motive, but the suspected crime occurs as a criminal market for counterfeit cards has emerged online.
COVID-19 immunization cards should not be purchased or sold, according to the FBI.
Earlier this year, federal officials issued a warning against selling or buying them.
“If you did not receive the vaccine, do not buy fake vaccine cards, do not make your own vaccine cards, and do not fill-in blank vaccination record cards with false information,” the FBI said in a statement.
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