WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two West Seneca men, including a West Seneca police officer, were arraigned on charges of possessing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards.
Authorities say that an investigation began after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intercepted a package from China, addressed to 29-year-old Kurt Surprenant of West Seneca, that contained blank COVID-19 vaccine cards.
It is further alleged that during the investigation, Surprenant made arrangements with 40-year-old Paul Daley, a West Seneca police officer, to obtain a fake vaccine card. Daley is accused of providing a falsified vaccine card. to Surprenant.
Daley was suspended from the West Seneca Police Department on Friday.
Daley was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and Surprenant was charged with criminal possession of forgery devices. If convicted, they face up to seven years in prison.
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