The authorities of the canton of St. Gallen were able to uncover the largest certificate fraud in Switzerland. An unknown perpetrator forged around 6,000 Covid certificates. The investigations are still ongoing, suspects are already in custody.

A major scam was uncovered in the canton of St. Gallen.

 6000 false certificates - in the canton of St. Gallen, fraud flies up on a large scale

Apparently around 6000 fake Covid certificates were issued.

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    A major scam was uncovered in the canton of St. Gallen.

  • Apparently around 6000 fake Covid certificates were issued.

  • The perpetrators obtained real certificates online, copied them and then forged them.

  • This is Switzerland's largest case of fraud involving Covid certificates to date.

A few days ago, certificate fraudsters were exposed in the canton of St. Gallen, such as the “St. Galler Tagblatt »reports. The perpetrators obtained real certificates online and then copied and forged them. Around 6000 fake Covid certificates were issued in this way. It is the largest case of fraud in Switzerland to date.

The investigation into the case is in full swing. According to information from CH Media, suspects have already been taken into custody. But nothing has been officially communicated. Bruno Damann, head of the St. Gallen health department, does not want to comment on the incident for the time being. However, he confirms that the prosecutor is involved. «That mustn't happen. That will have to be investigated », says Justice Director Fredy Fässler. However, he does not provide any further details on the case.

At the request of 20 minutes, the St. Gallen public prosecutor did not want to provide any further information. “The St. Gallen public prosecutor is aware of falsified certificates in the canton and has initiated appropriate investigations,” said a written statement.

In order not to endanger the investigations, no further information will be given, nor will specific inquiries be confirmed. “The St. Gallen public prosecutor's office will actively communicate in due course, if the investigations allow,” it continues.

Not an isolated case in Eastern Switzerland

Research of 20 minutes had shown that in Eastern Switzerland people with real login data generated certificates and for several hundred certificates Swiss francs sold each. In a self-experiment, 20 minutes was able to create a vaccination certificate for a fictitious person and load it into the Covid certificate app. This scam has been around for several months.

Other certificate fraudsters have also been convicted in the past. An employee of the Buchs vaccination center was recently suspected of issuing fake certificates. According to the health department of the canton of St. Gallen, reports of certificate fraud have so far been filed in two cases. Two other cases are currently being clarified.

But there have also been similar suspected cases in other cantons. At the end of November, six people were arrested in the canton of Schaffhausen, allegedly involved in trading in improperly issued certificates. In the canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden there are also known cases in which people with fake vaccination passports from Germany wanted to get a certificate.

Trade via Telegram

To get a working certificate

Appropriate access is required because the QR codes on the certificates are forgery-proof. Staff in test centers, medical practices or vaccination centers have this access. Vaccination certificates were often offered in exchange for Bitcoins via chat apps such as Telegram. However, these must first be converted into certificates by an authority before they can be used.

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