Utah doctor, three others charged for COVID-19 fraud scheme

SALT LAKE Metropolis — A Utah doctor, as nicely as two of his staff and his neighbor, had been billed federally for allegedly functioning a fraudulent COVID-19 vaccination card scheme, destroying genuine vaccine doses and administering saline photographs to minors.

Dr. Michael Kirk Moore Jr., 58, as effectively as Kari Dee Burgoyne, 52, Kristin Jackson Andersen, 59, and Sandra Flores, 31, ended up charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States conspiracy to transform, promote, express, and dispose of governing administration residence and conversion, sale, conveyance, and disposal of govt house and aiding and abetting.

Moore is a plastic surgeon who owned and operated “Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah,” located in Midvale.

Court docket paperwork detail that Burgoyne was the place of work supervisor for the business enterprise, Flores worked as a receptionist and Andersen was Moore’s neighbor.

Officials report the team ruined at the very least $28,028.50 worthy of of authentic COVID-19 vaccines and dispersed at the very least 1,937 pretend COVID-19 vaccination report cards.

In addition, the defendants are also accused of offering saline pictures to minors at the request of their mothers and fathers so that the little ones would believe that they were being receiving an true COVID-19 vaccine, officials report.

In Oct 2021, Moore started receiving COVID-19 doses and vaccination playing cards from the federal government just after filling out a CDC COVID-19 Vaccination System Present Arrangement, this means that his enterprise would administer vaccines, court docket paperwork make clear.

Shortly following getting the vaccines and cards, Moore and Burgoyne allegedly started to distribute the vaccine report playing cards without having administering a vaccine, files report.

In accordance to an indictment, they would also allegedly wipe out the genuine COVID-19 vaccine doses by squirting them down the drain employing a syringe.

Immediately after some time, Moore and Burgoyne set up a screening system for the pretend vaccine card seekers and would refer people to Andersen for screening functions.

“Andersen would then display screen the purported Fraudulent Vax Card Seekers by requiring them to provide her with the identify of one more Fraudulent Vax Card Seeker who had presently acquired a COVID-19 Vaccination File Card from the Plastic Surge1y Institute with out basically acquiring a COVID-19 vaccine,” court documents point out.

If an unique passed “screening” they would then be essential to make a $50 donation for each appointment to get a bogus vaccination card. The “donations” ended up made to a “charitable organization” that was connected back again to the plastic operation business, paperwork report.

Flores and “other employees” would offer the men and women with concluded COVID-19 vaccine file cards even however they experienced not been administered any doses of the vaccine.

In addition, the defendants are also accused of at times administering saline pictures to minors “at the ask for of their parents so that the minimal kids would consider they were in fact getting a COVID-19 vaccine,” documents report.

The defendants are scheduled to make their initial court overall look on January 26.