Anderson Sentenced for His Role in Trafficking Diabetes Strips Earmarked for U.S. Veterans

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 08, 2024 | 0 Comments

A Selinsgrove man will spend over six years in prison for his role in trafficking nearly half a million dollars worth of diabetic test strips that were intended for United States military veterans.

Steven Anderson, Jr., 45, was found guilty of 12 charges after a three-day trial in June 2023. He was accused of receiving stolen diabetic test strips from two co-conspirators in Grand Rapids, MI.

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Test Strips Stolen From Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The scheme that Anderson and his co-conspirators cooked up began at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI, in 2017. A pharmacy employee named Jennifer Robertson, 53, who was in charge of ordering medical supplies for the institution and its veteran patients, stole over 7,900 boxes of diabetic test strips from the pharmacy's inventory. She then sold the ill-gotten gains to 57-year-old Michelle McAllister of Jerome, MI. McAllister, in turn, sold them to Anderson.

The total value of the stolen diabetic test strips is $427,795.

Sentencing Under the SAFE DOSES Act

The trio's crimes were discovered in 2019. Both McAllister and Robertson pleaded guilty and received prison sentences in 2023. Along with Anderson, they also agreed to civil penalty settlements as outlined by the Strengthening and Focusing Enforcement to Deter Organized Stealing and Enhance Safety Act, 18 U.S.C. § 670. Also known as the “SAFE DOSES Act,” this law assesses additional penalties to those convicted of trafficking or stealing medical supplies. Anderson was subject to enhanced litigation under the act based on his role as a trafficker.

In February 2024, Chief U.S. District Judge Hala Y. Jarbou sentenced Anderson to 78 months, or 6.5 years, in prison. The federal government anticipates that Anderson will pay over $1.2 million to satisfy the civil claims against him, as well as compensation for the trafficked test strips in the amount of $427,795.23, as a penalty for his criminal conviction.

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