By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Los Angeles County contract worker was charged Thursday for allegedly stealing hundreds of blank vaccine cards from a COVID-19 vaccination center at the Pomona Fairplex.

Muhammad Rauf Ahmed, 46, of Las Vegas, was charged with one felony count of grand theft in the matter.

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Ahmed is suspected of stealing more than 500 of the cards, which prosecutors said have a value of about $15 each if sold illegally.

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“Selling fraudulent and stolen vaccine cards is illegal, immoral and puts the public at risk of exposure to a deadly virus,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said when announcing the charges.

An arraignment for the 46-year-old is set for August 25 in Department F of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.

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The case remains under investigation by the La Verne Police Department.