A plastic surgeon from Utah, Dr. Michael Kirk Moore Jr., and three others were arrested after prosecutors claimed that they dumped nearly 2,000 doses of COVID vaccine down the drains and distributed fake vaccination cards, injecting children with saline to convince them that they had been vaccinated.

The plastic surgeon allegedly ran the scheme out of the Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah along with two other institute employees, Kari Dee Burgoyne and Sandra Flores. Moore’s third codefendant has been identified as Kristen Andersen, his neighbor.

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Who is Dr. Michael Kirk Moore Jr.?

Dr. Kirk Moore is a 58-year-old certified plastic surgeon, working at greater Salt Lake City in Utah. He also works in Midvale at the Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah.

After earning his master’s degree from Hahnemann University, Dr. Moore attended the School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He completed his General Surgery training after graduating from medical school. Dr. Moore also completed his plastic surgery residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Moore is licensed by both the Utah Department of Occupational Licensing and the Idaho Board of Medical Examiners and has been in the medical field for over two decades.

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In 2023, accusations were made that Dr. Moore distributed fake COVID vaccines among children. Investigators claimed that in May 2021, he had signed an agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to distribute COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination cards. Moore and Burgoyne had reportedly ordered hundreds of COVID-19 vaccine doses from the CDC between May 2021 and September 2022 as stated by court documents however, the shots given were actually saline shots.

The scheme was revealed after an undercover agent in March 2022 went through the process of acquiring a fraudulent vaccination card from the practice.

All four defendants and the Plastic Surgery Institute of Utah were indicted on three counts of criminal activity: conspiracy to defraud the United States; conspiracy to convert, sell, convey, and dispose of government property; and the conversion, sale, conveyance, and disposal of government property and aiding and abetting.