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RE: [IP] The CNN article on the scheme to steal insulin from the army



$2 million, eh?  10 packages of test strips and a six-pack of Lantus is
pretty easy to hide...

"Usually taken as an injection..."???  As opposed to what?  Pouring into a
gaping wound?  Snorting it?  Whatever happened to the inhaled insulin?

oh well...

Jeff
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WICHITA, Kansas (AP) -- Eleven people were indicted in a $2 million scheme
to steal insulin and insulin test strips from Army base pharmacies for sale
on the black market, prosecutors said Wednesday.
The indictment charges that between 2002 and 2004, nine Army pharmacy
technicians conspired to steal the insulin and test strips from pharmacies
at Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Ft. Lee,
Virginia; Fort Gordon, Georgia; and at Walter Reed Army Medical Center,
Washington, D.C.
The technicians were in charge of the post pharmacies. Also indicted were
the wives of two of the technicians. An estimated 40,000 vials of insulin
were stolen.
"They took advantage of their position of responsibility that the Army had
entrusted them with to be responsible for these inventory items and used it
for their own personal benefit," U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren said.
None of the defendants is in custody; most are expected to voluntarily
surrender. Initial appearances were set for July 12.
Melgren said a 10-month investigation began after a traffic stop in Topeka,
when police discovered stolen pharmacy goods in the possession of a Fort
Riley pharmacy technician.
Insulin typically sells for $70 a vial through legitimate outlets. Black
market insulin sells for possibly half of that price, Melgren said.
People with diabetes need insulin, usually taken as an injection, to
regulate their blood sugar. Insulin was targeted for the thefts because the
conspirators allegedly were able to tap into that black market, Melgren
said.
The charges include conspiracy to transport stolen goods in interstate
commerce and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The investigation is
continuing.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/LAW/06/23/army.insulin.thefts.ap/index.html
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