A Nevada man was charged Wednesday with stealing hundreds of blank COVID-19 vaccine cards from a Southern California vaccination center.
Muhammad Rauf Ahmed of Las Vegas reportedly took more than 500 cards from the center at the Pomona Fairplex in April.
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The former Los Angeles contract worker was charged with a violent theft and he is scheduled to be arrested in Section F of the Pomona Department of Los Angeles County Superior Court on August 25th.
It is not immediately known if Ahmed (45) has a lawyer.
In a statement sent to Facebook, the La Verne Police Department (LVPD) wrote on Tuesday that detectives were tipped off about possible theft and embezzlement of blank vaccine cards by an employee at the scene on April 27.
After responding to the scene, officers determined that the suspect had stolen blank cards ̵
“La Verne Police Detectives conducted a criminal investigation with the assistance and cooperation of the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health,” the department said. “Muhammad Rauf Ahmed, 45, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was arrested. Ahmed was a non-clinical contract employee who was hired to support the vaccination site.”
In a separate statement, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said the cards Ahmed allegedly stole have a value of “at least $ 15, – if sold illegally.”
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“Selling counterfeit and stolen vaccine cards is illegal, immoral and puts the public at risk of being exposed to a deadly virus,” District Attorney George Gascón said in the statement.
The case is still under investigation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.