Navy serviceman pleads to insulin theft

ALBANY — A U.S. Navy serviceman, formerly stationed at MCLB-Albany, has pleaded guilty in federal court to one count of wire fraud and one count of filing a false income tax return, court documents show.

According to the indictment, Anthony David Olson and his alleged accomplice, Patrick Keefe, had been stealing insulin and diabetes-related medical materials from the Navy Branch Medical Clinic at MCLB and reselling it on Ebay or to an unlicensed wholesaler in Florida.

Olson’s indictment claims that Olson and Keefe took advantage of their work assignments as pharmacy technicians to steal the medical items. According to the Olson indictment, Olson defrauded the clinic by ordering and causing to be ordered the medical materials under the pretense that they were legitimately needed as supplies. For most of the insulin theft scheme, Keefe was actually stationed at separate bases and hospitals, the indictment states, including the Navy hospital in Groton Conn., where he in charged with taking insulin-related supplies in collusion with the resale scheme.

The Olson indictment claims that from January 2005 through October 2009, Olson received approximately $1,037,458 from Donald Pepin, owner of First Medical Resources for the stolen insulin and related items. Olson is scheduled to be sentenced in January.