Sep 7, 2021 - Health

3 Vermont state troopers resign amid fake COVID vaccine cards probe

A covid-19 vaccine card with a magnifying glass over the CDC logo

A magnifying glass hovering over a COVID-19 vaccine card to check the validity of the vaccine card. Photo: Raychel Brightman/Newsday RM via Getty Images.

Three Vermont state troopers have resigned following an investigation into an alleged fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination card scheme, the Vermont State Police said in a statement on Tuesday.

Driving the news: The former troopers are suspected of creating fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, per the statement.

  • The case has been referred to the U.S. Attorney Office in Vermont and the FBI, which has opened an investigation into the matter.

Details: Two of the officers, Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski, submitted their resignations on Aug. 10.

  • David Pfindel resigned on Sept. 3 following an additional investigation from the Department of Public Safety.

What they're saying: "[It] is reprehensible that state troopers would manipulate vaccination cards in the midst of a pandemic, when being vaccinated is one of the most important steps anyone can take to keep their community safe from COVID-19," said director of the Vermont State Police Col. Matthew Birmingham.

  • "[The] alleged criminal conduct from these troopers does not represent the values and actions of the dedicated men and women of the Vermont State Police," Birmingham added.
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