The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control arrested a California bar owner for selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards in May 2021.
After undercover state agents reportedly purchased fake COVID-19 vaccination cards for $20 from the owner of the Old Corner Saloon in Clements on several occasions in April 2021, he was arrested on charges of selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards in May 2021. Officials describe it as the country's first foiled operation.
The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said plainclothes officers were told to write their names and birthdates on Post-it notes. Then, at the Old Corner Saloon in Clements, the officers watched as staff cut the cards, filled in identity information and bogus vaccine days, and laminated the finished products.
Supervising agent Luke Blehm said, "On the back where they put the two dates when you were vaccinated, they used two different color pens to make it look like it was two different times." He added, "So they went to some effort to make it look authentic," Associated Press reported.
In certain countries, vaccination cards are used as passes to allow people to join large crowds. The European Union is considering making entry easier for tourists who can provide evidence of vaccination. The California attorney general's office issued a warning to those concerned after fake cards were sold on social media and online distribution sites.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.