Gwinnett couple charged with illegally selling stolen medical devices

Kimverlee Aderhold and Eric E. Ramey, Jr. have been charged with illegally selling stolen medical devices, including CPAP machines.

Kimverlee Aderhold and Eric E. Ramey, Jr. have been charged with illegally selling stolen medical devices, including CPAP machines.

A couple from Grayson has been indicted on federal charges of selling stolen medical devices, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Kimverlee Aderhold, 27, and Eric E. Ramey, 31, were indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 23. They are charged with conspiring to steal medical products that can be obtained only with a prescription, and possession of stolen medical products and theft of medical products.

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Aderhold was a retail manager for Advanced Home Care, overseeing sales in Georgia, the Justice Department said. The company, which has retail locations in Marietta and Norcross, sells portable oxygen concentrators, CPAP machines and BiPAP breathing machines, all of which must be purchased with a prescription.

Aderhold stole devices from the Advanced Home Care locations she managed and sold them on websites like Craigslist, the Justice Department said.

Ramey would help Aderhold advertise the devices online and conduct the sales, in which they would only accept cash and did not check for prescriptions, a Justice Department release said.

“When prescription devices are stolen and diverted from the legal supply chain, there is no longer any assurance that the products are safe and effective for their intended uses,” said Peter Kuehl, acting special agent of the Food and Drug Administration’s Miami criminal investigations office, in the release. “This announcement should serve as a reminder of the FDA’s continued focus on individuals that put profits ahead of the health and safety of U.S. consumers.”

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