A California bar owner was arrested for allegedly selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.
On Tuesday, 59-year-old Todd Anderson was booked on several charges of allegedly altering a medical record, forging a public seal, identity theft and conspiracy, a spokesman for the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) told FOX Business.
The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting the case.
In April, ABC began investigating the Old Corner Saloon in Clements after receiving a complaint that fake cards were being sold at the bar, ABC said.
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During the investigation, secret agents were able to buy the fake cards “several times in April,”
Agents then found “materials related to the distribution of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards” after performing a search warrant on the property with the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office.
Anderson was also found in possession of a loaded unregistered firearm, which is a crime, according to ABC officials.
Representatives of the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office and the Old Corner Saloon did not immediately respond to FOX Business’ requests for comment.
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ABC will “seek a criminal complaint against another employee of the company” and plans to “file disciplinary action against the company.” This could include suspending or revoking the bar for its liquor license, according to ABC.
“It is discouraging to have members of our community show blatant violation of public health in the midst of a pandemic,” said San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. Distributing, counterfeiting or buying fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is against the law and endangers yourself and those around you. ”
The FBI stressed similar concerns about the dangers of selling fake vaccine cards.
Earlier this year, the agency warned consumers to be wary of people selling fake vaccination cards that have been advertised on social media sites, e-commerce platforms and blogs.
“By giving a false presentation of yourself as vaccinated when you enter schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms or places of worship, you put yourself and others around you at risk of getting COVID-19,” it reads. from the FBI announcement. “In addition, the unauthorized use of an official authority’s seal (such as the HHS or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) is a crime.”