Los Angeles doctor accused of issuing fake COVID vaccine cards

A Tujunga doctor accused of issuing fake COVID-19 vaccination cards and injecting some of his patients with blood plasma he received from donors is facing multiple felony charges.

Dr. Donald Plance, 68, was charged with falsifying vaccination cards and giving them to his patients between August and November, Los Angeles County prosecutors said Tuesday. The cards appeared authentic and bore the seals of the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services.

He is also suspected of injecting patients with plasma from donors who “allegedly had previously had COVID-19, saying the procedure would protect his patients from contracting the virus,” the LA County District Attorney’s Office said. in a press release.

These shots are not federally approved as vaccines.

“Patients are recommended to seek advice from a licensed healthcare professional,” prosecutors said.

Plance is charged with 10 counts of fabricating a false government seal, 10 misdemeanor counts of creating a false medical record and one count each of manufacturing a drug without a license and possession of a contaminated medical device, according to the district attorney’s office.

“It’s troubling that people, especially medical professionals, continue to use the pandemic as an opportunity to mislead the public,” Dist said. Atti. says George Gascon. “Fake COVID vaccination cards are illegal and endanger our collective health and well-being. We will continue to work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to protect consumers and end medical fraud.

Records from the Osteopathic Medical Board of California showed Plance’s license was active and was set to expire in December. There were no recorded disciplinary actions, malpractice settlements, felony or misdemeanor convictions, or other reprimands.

The case is still under investigation and Plance’s indictment is pending.

His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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