Bar Owner in Clements caught selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

The owner of the Old Corner Saloon in Clements, CA has been arrested for allegedly selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, according to the ABC.

Todd Anderson, the 59-year-old owner of the Old Corner Saloon (pictured above), was arrested on May 4, 2021 after San Joaquin County Sheriffs received a tip of the production and sale of laminated cards showing the recipient had received COVID-19 vaccinations. The Sheriff’s Department then contacted the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), who investigated the claim.

The counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards, provided by Alcoholic Beverage Control, taken from KCRA Kay Recede on Twitter

Undercover investigators with the ABC were able to purchase several forged COVID-19 vaccination cards from the Old Corner Saloon in April, according to ABC Deputy Division Chief Luke Blehm, which led to a raid and arrest in May. Investigators witnessed several other patrons buying COVID cards for $20 a piece.

Both complete and incomplete COVID vaccination cards were found during the raid, along with a lamination machine and paper cutter. Todd Anderson was charged with falsifying medical records, falsifying a seal, several counts of identity theft, and possession of a loaded and unregistered firearm which was on Mr. Anderson during the arrest. Investigators are looking into bringing up charges on another bartender who also sold the falsified COVID-19 vaccine cards.


Hector Madrigal

Hector Madrigal is the founder of The Grape Vine. He strives to bring unbiased news and information to the people free of charge. Based in Lodi, Hector will be reporting on Lodi news first and foremost.

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