Three Vermont Troopers Resign After Alleged Fake Vaccination Card Scheme
Three Vermont troopers have left their jobs, after being implicated in a scheme to create fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. The FBI is reportedly still investigating the matter, and it’s not yet clear what, if any, charges will be pressed.
DEVELOPING: Vermont State Troopers Shawn Sommers, Raymond Witkowski, and David Pfindel have resigned from @VTStatePolice — as the FBI investigates suspicion they had roles in the creation of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, the #VT Dept. of Public Safety revealed. pic.twitter.com/L76dyT4U0a
— Jack Thurston NBC 10 Boston (@JackNBCBoston) September 7, 2021
According to the Washington Post, it was fellow law enforcement officers who turned in the three, with the initial report to supervisors about a possible fraudulent operation made on August 9th. A day later, two troopers, Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski, resigned their positions. Vermont’s Department of Public Safety began an investigation, and a third trooper, David Pfindel, also resigned nearly a month later as that investigation progressed.
In an official statement, the Vermont State Police were vague about the details of the scheme, and the roles of the individual officers, only describing them as “varying.”
The three former troopers are suspected of having varying roles in the creation of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, which may be a violation of federal law. The details surrounding this incident, reported to supervisors by other troopers, were immediately reported to federal law enforcement authorities.
The investigation has been turned over to federal law enforcement. While the FBI has not made any statements on charges in this case, they are prosecuting cases of fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine cards, and published a statement on the very first such case, which involved a naturopathic practicioner in California, noting that falsifying health documents could carry consequences including a 5-year sentence, 3 years supervised release, and a fine of up to $250k.