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.

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“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.

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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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