- LA County DA George Gascón has accused an LA County health care provider of stealing 500 blank vaccine cards.
- The non-clinical contract worker worked at the Pomona Fairplex vaccination center.
- Prosecutors alleged that the value of each stolen card was close to $ 15.
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A contractor working at a Los Angeles County vaccination center was accused on Wednesday of stealing more than 500 blank vaccine cards.
Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon announced the charges in a press release Wednesday.
Muhammad Rauf Ahmed, a contract worker at the Pomona Fairplex Vaccination Supersite and a Las Vegas resident, has been charged with one count of grand theft. In the statement, prosecutors alleged that the value of each stolen card was close to $ 15.
The buying and selling of fake blank vaccination cards is on the increase, and a Insider investigation showed that 150 fake vaccination cards could be bought over the internet for $ 50. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides free vaccination cards to Americans after receiving a dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
“The sale of fraudulent and stolen vaccination cards is illegal, immoral and puts the public at risk of exposure to a deadly virus,” Gascón said.
The DA’s investigation into the Fairplex case began on April 27, when officials noticed blank vaccine cards missing from the Pomona vaccination site and suspected they had been stolen. LaVerne police are currently investigating Ahmed, whose arraignment date is August 25.
Ahmed, who was not a clinical worker, was released on $ 500 bail Wednesday, KNBC reported.