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Police allege Ottawa paramedic gave fake COVID-19 vaccine certificate to keep job

An Ottawa paramedic was charged after he allegedly presented a fake COVID-19 proof of vaccination to his employer. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

A paramedic in Ottawa is facing fraud-related charges after police allege he falsified his proof of COVID-19 vaccine to get around the service’s vaccination mandate.

The Ottawa police said Thursday they got a tip on Oct. 21 that a member of the Ottawa Paramedic Service had used a fraudulent certificate to attest to his vaccination status, a condition of employment for city workers.

The paramedic service’s own professional standards section then did its own investigation and found the documents submitted were forged, police said.

Read more: Ottawa police charge man with forgery in fake COVID-19 certificate investigation

On Wednesday, police charged 30-year-old Ali Abdelgani with uttering a forged document, obtaining by false pretence, and forgery.

He was released on an undertaking with conditions and a scheduled court appearance.

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Police say that falsifying vaccine credentials is a criminal offence, and urge anyone who might know about similar types of fraud to contact Ottawa police at 613-236-1222 ext. 5492.

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