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A California bar owner has been accused of selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, state and county officials said this week.
Todd Anderson, the owner of Old Corner Saloon in Clements, California, has been charged with identity theft, forging government documents, and falsifying medical records, San Joaquin County District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement.
An investigation was launched after California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control received a complaint regarding fake vaccination cards being sold at the bar, the county district attorney’s office said.
In the month after receiving the complaint, undercover agents bought four fake vaccination cards from the bar for $20 each, investigators told The Washington Post.
While later searching the bar, investigators found 30 blank cards, a lamination machine, and two more completed fraudulent cards.
It remains unclear how many cards were sold at the bar before investigators received a complaint.
California’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control said in a statement that it plans to file disciplinary action against the business, which could result in the bar having its license suspended or revoked.