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While easy to fake, COVID-19 vaccination card data is usually backed up

KCRA Sacramento logo KCRA Sacramento 5/6/2021
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Todd Anderson, the San Joaquin County bar owner accused of selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, is set to appear in court May 18 in Lodi. His suspected actions may be shining a light on a bigger problem.

Investigators with the Alcoholic Beverage Control, or ABC, said they were first tipped off by the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office, which led to an undercover operation, then to the discovery of fake cards, laminators, and then Anderson in handcuffs.

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The FBI has warned that selling or buying counterfeit vaccination cards is illegal and the use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Health Department's seals is considered identity theft.

While real cards are easy to fake, Ginger Manss, with the Community Medical Centers (CMC) said actual data is not so easy to hack.

"It's not just the card, there's backup documentation that coincides, and if you can't prove that, that card doesn't help you at all,” said Manss, who is the chief nursing officer with CMC.

Manss explained that backup documentation will exist in a state database. For imposters, it's not just the law you're breaking. You may be putting lives in danger.

"You're a safety risk to anybody who may be immuno-suppressed, if they get COVID, the concern with not getting vaccinated does go back to the variants. Viruses by nature mutate,” Manss explained.

ABC has said there is a second person involved who may be facing charges. A spokeswoman with the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office said this is all part of an ongoing investigation.

KCRA attempted to speak with the manager of The Old Corner Saloon but he declined an interview.

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