Parker man sold fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, says a statement
Parker man sold fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, says a statement

Parker man sold fake COVID-19 vaccine cards, says a statement

SEATTLE – A Parker man faces federal charges in Washington state after allegedly selling hundreds of counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards to people across the United States, according to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington on Monday.

Robert Van Camp, a resident of Parker, is charged with a single charge of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government of “deliberately and knowingly impairing the functions of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”. CDC) “in both the administration and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as the administration and enforcement of the government’s federal employee vaccination mandate, according to a statement in the case.

Van Camp and a co-conspirator – who were not identified in the documents but were employed by a private contractor in the defense industry and had top-secret security clearance, according to the arrest warrant – received an electronic copy of a blank COVID-19 vaccine card and made forged copies. to be sold to hundreds of unvaccinated people – including federal employees – across the United States over a period of one year, starting in or around April 2021, arresting documents show.

To hide and disguise the scheme, Van Camp used … code names … such as “gift cards”, “restaurant gift cards” and “advice” when communicating with potential buyers, including four federal agents who went undercover to obtain evidence when they investigated the suspect for creating, selling and distributing the counterfeit vaccine cards in at least a dozen states, the statement said.

Arrest documents show that Van Camp would sell the fake COVID-19 vaccine cards for as little as $ 17 for up to $ 750, depending on the number of cards requested by potential buyers, which Van Camp claimed was in the top hundred.

“I have people going to the Olympics in Tokyo, three Olympians and their coaches in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Honduras … I’m in 12 or 13 states,” Van Camp proudly told one of the undercover . agents according to the statement.

The suspect portrayed himself as an undercover federal agent as an ordinary citizen who just did his part to fight what he thought was government aggression, claiming that what he was doing was “correcting this wrong”.

“We’re talking about people who can’t go to work, can’t go to school, and their (sic) are losing their jobs,” Van Camp reportedly told one of the undercover agents. “Like, I’m not making cards because I’m bored, I’m making cards because I’m in the middle of a f —– g war.”

Van Camp would also reveal to undercover agents that he had “a lot of weapons and ammunition, like an arsenal,” and that he was selling counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards because he “was not trying to kill anyone.”

“I’m exhausting myself by making cards that I’m too tired to kill people,” Van Camp allegedly told one of the undercover agents, according to the statement. “But people have to go as if this is something evil, it’s literally good against evil, it’s bad.”

A search of Van Camps ‘trash can at his Parker home by federal agents on October 14, 2021, revealed handwritten documents containing a list of buyers’ names and a list of payment amounts, as well as cracked COVID-19 vaccine cards.

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

A search of Van Camps ‘trash can at his home in Parker by federal agents revealed handwritten documents that included a list of buyers’ names and a list of payment amounts, as well as torn COVID-19 vaccine cards.

Transaction registrations obtained by federal agents from Venmo also revealed at least 74 payments made to an account belonging to the accomplice made between approximately June 22, 2021 and February 14, 2022, according to the statement.

In arrest documents, Van Camp allegedly claimed that what he did was not wrong because the COVID-19 vaccine cards he sold were not “even really a fake or a copy – it’s the card. It’s just that you did not take at the hospital to get what you got from me. ”

However, in order to be eligible to administer COVID-19 vaccines (and therefore obtain evidence of COVID-19 vaccination), physicians and other administering providers of the vaccine were required to enter into provider agreements with the CDC, which arrest documents assume Van Camp never did.

In addition, HHS registered the trademark of the CDC’s official logo in mid-March 2022, specifically listing “Printed vaccination record cards” which Van Camp was not allowed to use for its purposes as it violates Title 18, United States Code, Section 2320 (a ) (1).

Van Camp’s first scheduled court hearing took place on Tuesday.

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