Man Charged With Stealing Over 500 Blank Vax Cards

From the Los Angeles County DA’s office:

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced that a Los Angeles County contract worker was charged today for allegedly stealing hundreds of blank vaccine cards from a COVID-19 vaccination center at the Pomona Fairplex.

“Selling fraudulent and stolen vaccine cards is illegal, immoral and puts the public at risk of exposure to a deadly virus,” District Attorney Gascón said.

Muhammad Rauf Ahmed (dob 9/25/1975) of Las Vegas was charged in case KA127660 with one felony count of grand theft. Arraignment is set for August 25 in Department F of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.

On April 27, officials determined that blank vaccine cards had been stolen from a vaccination site in Pomona. Ahmed, who worked at the center, allegedly stole more than 500 cards, which have a value of at least $15 apiece if illegally sold, prosecutors said.

As I reported last week, New York state is moving to make presenting a fake or forged vax card a felony.