A 44-year-old Camano Island man was sentenced in Seattle's U.S. District Court Friday to one year in prison and ordered to pay $366,054 in restitution stemming a scheme to sell diabetic supplies stolen from an Everett hospital, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a press release.
Michael R. Worley and his co-conspirator, 55-year-old Donald A. Pepin of Jupiter, Florida, were indicted in November 2009. Worley pled guilty in August of this year.
According to court records, Worley worked as a pharmacy technician at Providence Medical Center’s Pacific Campus Pharmacy.
Part of his job duties included ordering insulin and other diabetic supplies for the pharmacy. After an internal audit turned up large quantities of insulin being ordered, he was placed on leave and eventually fired in November 2008.
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The indictment alleges that Worley stole both insulin and diabetic test strips and sold them over the Internet on eBay. Pepin emailed him wanting to directly purchase the items. He sent lists of the products he wanted and the price he was willing to pay. His prices were just a fraction of the wholesale cost.
Worley is alleged to have stolen $366,054 worth of insulin with an estimated retail value of more than than $1.2 million.
Pepin resold the the supplies through his business, First Medical Resources, Inc. According to authorities, the insulin was not refrigerated during shipping or storing, which made it potentially unsafe for use. The insulin and test strips were being sold to small pharmacies or other distributors who may not have been aware that First Medical Resources was not a licensed drug wholesaler in Florida. Pepin is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
Worley told investigators he has a gambling addiction and spent most of the money at casinos and on lottery tickets. Since his arrest, he has participated in Gamblers Anonymous.
He told the court he suffered "great shame and could not walk to the mail box or grocery store" in the weeks following his indictment.
At sentencing federal judge Robert S. Lasnik said Worley "was not just tapping the till, he was dabbling in people’s health. ... The court cannot ignore that this was a theft that affected people’s lives all across the country."
This case was investigated by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Everett Police Department and the Washington State Board of Pharmacy.