Plastic surgeon among 4 charged in alleged fake COVID vaccine card scheme

A plastic surgeon and three others in Utah were charged with allegedly selling people seeking fraudulent COVID-19 immunization records an estimated $97,000 worth of fake CDC

cards without administering vaccines, the Department of Justice said in a Friday release. Dr. Michael Kirk Moore Jr., 58, of the Midvale practice Plastic Surgery

Institute of Utah, was charged along with his neighbor Kristin Jackson Andersen, 59; surgical coordinator Kari Dee Burgoyne, 52; and receptionist Sandra Flores, 31. Salt

Lake County, Utah, resident Moore and his co-defendants allegedly ran a scheme to defraud the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the United States, court documents

said. Moore and Andersen were members of a group trying to “liberate the medical profession from government and industry conflicts of interest,” the documents said. The

group allegedly destroyed about $28,000 or more in government-provided COVID-19 doses, usually by squirting syringes containing doses down sink drains, court documents said. They

exchanged at least 1,900 doses’ worth of falsified record cards for either $50 cash payments or “donations to a specified charitable organization,” the Justice Department said.

The recipient organization was linked to the group Moore and Andersen were involved with, court documents show. Card recipients did not get COVID-19 vaccines, though some

parents requested that their children receive saline shots instead so they would believe they did, court documents said.