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FBI investigates 3 ex-Vermont state police officers in a fake Covid vaccination card

Shawn Sommers, David Pfindel and Raymond Witkowski

Vermont State Police

The FBI is investigating three now former Vermont State Police officers after an internal state agency investigation found the men were suspected of being involved in a scheme to create fake Covid-19 vaccination cards, state police said.

State Police said the agency had referred the matter to the US Attorney's Office in Burlington, Vermont, for possible violations of federal law.

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"The allegations in this case involve an exceptional level of wrongdoing – a criminal violation of the law – and I couldn't be more angry or disappointed," said Col. Matthew Birmingham, chief of state police.

“If these allegations prove true, it is reprehensible for government forces to tamper with vaccination cards in the middle of a pandemic when vaccination is one of the most important steps anyone can take to protect their community from COVID-19. “Said Birmingham in a written statement.

Two of the former police officers, Shawn Sommers and Raymond Witkowski, who both joined the police force in July 2016, filed their resignations on August 10 after another police officer raised concerns about their alleged conduct to their superiors, according to state police.

The third ex-cop, David Pfindel, who was hired in early 2014, resigned on Friday following internal investigations by state police.

This investigation revealed that the three "were suspected of playing different roles in creating fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination cards, which could constitute a violation of federal law," the agency said.

The state police did not provide any information about the alleged acts of the police officers.

CNBC couldn't reach any of the former soldiers for comment.

A US prosecutor's spokesman confirmed that state police had forwarded the results of their investigation to prosecutors, but declined to comment beyond that.

The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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