/San Joaquin bar owner accused of selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards – KCRA Sacramento

San Joaquin bar owner accused of selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards – KCRA Sacramento


A bar owner was arrested in connection with selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said Tuesday.Luke Blehm, a spokesperson with ABC, told KCRA 3 the agency launched an undercover operation after receiving complaints that fake vaccine cards were being made at The Old Corner Saloon in Clements. Agents succeeded in purchasing several of these cards from the owner and a bartender in April.At least eight sales to customers were made at the bar at around $20 a card, Blehm said. Finished and unfinished vaccine cards were found during the undercover investigation, along with paper cutters and laminators.Blehm said bar owner Todd Anderson is facing charges of falsifying medical records with forging public seals, along with several counts of identity theft.”Falsifying medical documents and also on the cards there are several agency seals on them, and that is illegal to falsify a seal of an agency or an entity, which makes that identify theft. And also there’s a section — forgery section — with forging a seal,” Blehm said.A Tuesday search of the saloon by ABC agents also turned up an unregistered handgun, Blehm said. ABC will also seek a criminal complaint against another employee from the saloon.

A bar owner was arrested in connection with selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said Tuesday.

Luke Blehm, a spokesperson with ABC, told KCRA 3 the agency launched an undercover operation after receiving complaints that fake vaccine cards were being made at The Old Corner Saloon in Clements. Agents succeeded in purchasing several of these cards from the owner and a bartender in April.

At least eight sales to customers were made at the bar at around $20 a card, Blehm said. Finished and unfinished vaccine cards were found during the undercover investigation, along with paper cutters and laminators.

Blehm said bar owner Todd Anderson is facing charges of falsifying medical records with forging public seals, along with several counts of identity theft.

“Falsifying medical documents and also on the cards there are several agency seals on them, and that is illegal to falsify a seal of an agency or an entity, which makes that identify theft. And also there’s a section — forgery section — with forging a seal,” Blehm said.

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A Tuesday search of the saloon by ABC agents also turned up an unregistered handgun, Blehm said. ABC will also seek a criminal complaint against another employee from the saloon.

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