A pharmacy assistant from Otay Ranch is facing numerous criminal charges after being accused of stealing medical supplies that are critical to diabetes patients.
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10News learned Albert Vintayen, a pharmacy assistant for Kaiser Permanente since 2006, allegedly stole OneTouch Ultra Test Strips from the pharmacy he works at.
Court documents obtained by 10News showed there were more than 3,000 bottles of test strips missing between May 211 and April 2012 at the Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy on Zion Avenue. It cost Kaiser Permanente approximate $21 per package.
The test strips are commonly sold for more than $100 and can be bought at most pharmacies and online. The test strips are used to test sugar levels.
Authorities said Vintayen stole anywhere from about $10,000 to $71,000 worth of products. Vintayen stole the supplies and sold it to an out-of-state company, according to investigators.
Neighbors noticed police activity at Vintayen's home in a still-developing Otay Ranch neighborhood a couple of weeks ago, so the police presence was a surprise to some who live in the community.
"I had no idea. I didn't know what it was," said Derek Deason, who noticed the police cars. "It's kind of shocking."
Documents showed Vintayen illegally accessed patient information and took most of these supplies during his shifts.
He faces seven counts of identity theft, one count of grand theft and one count of receiving stolen property, 10News learned.
In the court documents, an investigator wrote, "I believe Vintayen is using the names and prescription identifiers of multiple patients
without their permission, to fraudulently order and then steal test strips from KP Zion Pharmacy."
Vintayen's next court date is scheduled for October.
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