Officials: 2 arrested in separate COVD-19 card fraud cases

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Blank COVID-19 vaccine cards are seen in a photo released by the La Verne Police Department on June 8, 2021.

DETROIT (AP) — A registered nurse from southeastern Michigan has been arrested in the theft of COVID-19 vaccination record cards from a Veteran’s Administration hospital.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit says vaccine lot numbers also were stolen to make the cards appear legitimate before they were sold for $150 to $200 each.

Bethann Kierczak of Southgate was charged Wednesday in a federal complaint with theft of government property and theft or embezzlement related to a health care benefit program.

A second Detroit-area resident also was arrested Wednesday in a scheme involving the sale or distribution of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.

Rapheal Smiley of Detroit was charged with fraud. The fake cards allegedly were imported from China.

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