A man is accused of stealing more than 500 blank vaccine cards from the California vaccination site where he worked, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said Wednesday.
Muhammad Rauf Ahmed, 45, of Las Vegas, was charged with robbery after authorities said he took the cards from the Pomona Fairplex. Ahmed was a non-clinical contract employee who was hired to support the site, officials said.
La Verne police said they were made aware of the alleged theft on April 27 and determined that the suspect put the stolen cards in his car.
“During the follow-up, detectives located more blank Covid-19 vaccine cards in the suspect’s hotel room,” police said.
A total of 528 cards were recovered, authorities said.
The cards are worth around $ 15 each if sold illegally, according to District Attorney George Gascón.
“The sale of fraudulent and stolen vaccination cards is illegal, immoral and puts the public at risk of exposure to a deadly virus,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
Ahmed is due in court on August 25. It is not known if Ahmed has a lawyer, and efforts to reach him by phone and email on Thursday were unsuccessful.