Whittier woman arrested after being found with fake COVID vaccine cards from China: LASD

A woman suspected of possessing and selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards has been arrested, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.

Detectives began investigating after receiving a tip from the Department of Homeland Security Investigations about fake coronavirus vaccination cards sent to the United States from China, according to a the sheriff’s press release.

The maps were on their way to an address in the Whittier area, and investigators determined the recipient was Charlene Bohorquez of Whittier, the release said.

Last Friday, detectives issued a search warrant at the home, where they found dozens of fake vaccine cards along with other evidence, authorities said.

Bohorquez was then questioned by detectives. During the interview, she admitted that she had ordered the cards from a Chinese supplier online and intended to sell them to people who are hesitant with vaccine, according to the announcement.

The sheriff’s department said the suspect also told detectives she previously sold counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards.

Bohorquez was arrested on suspicion of possessing and selling a false or misleading identification document, the release states.

She was quoted and ordered to appear in court at a future date.

The arrest came as Los Angeles County implemented a stricter requirement where people had to show proof of being fully vaccinated against coronavirus to enter certain indoor establishments, including bars and clubs.

The case is still under investigation, and anyone with information should call Sgt. Michael Mileski at 562-946-7037.

Anonymous tips can also be left through Crime Stoppers by calling 800-222-TIPS (8477) or on the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

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