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Whittier woman arrested on suspicion of selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards

Authorities this week announced the arrest of a 31-year-old Whittier woman who allegedly imported fake COVID-19 vaccination cards from China.

Charlene Bohorquez was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession and sale of false or fraudulent identification. She was eventually charged with a ticket and ordered to appear in Downey Superior Court at a future date, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

The investigation began after federal officials flagged the fake cards, which were delivered to an unincorporated Whittier address, and alerted LA County authorities, including the Sheriff’s Department’s Department of Health Services and Major Crimes Bureau, deputies said. .

Detectives and health officials have identified Bohorquez as the intended recipient of the fake cards, deputies said.

Investigators executed a search warrant at her residence on Friday and found “dozens” of fake COVID-19 vaccine cards and several “documents of evidence,” deputies said.

Authorities did not specify exactly how many counterfeit cards were recovered.

Bohorquez told detectives she ordered the cards from a seller in China and planned to sell them to people who were reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine, deputies said. She also admitted to selling fake vaccine cards in the past, deputies said.