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Vallejo / Fbi Arrests Couple In Diabetic-test-strip Theft And Scam / Joint Fda Probe Shows Illegal Ebay Sales Hit $1.5 Million

Vallejo / Fbi Arrests Couple In Diabetic-test-strip Theft And Scam / Joint Fda Probe Shows Illegal Ebay Sales Hit $1.5 Million

VALLEJO / FBI arrests couple in diabetic-test-strip theft and scam / Joint FDA probe shows illegal EBay sales hit $1.5 million Published 4:00am, Thursday, April 22, 2004 The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Vallejo couple Tuesday who are accused of stealing diabetic tests strips from a Berkeley pharmaceutical lab and selling them for $1.5 million. Shirley Mendoza , 38, and husband Jose Mendoza , 25, were arrested at their Vallejo home and appeared Tuesday afternoon before a federal magistrate in Sacramento on nine counts each of mail fraud and money laundering. The arrests capped a four-month joint investigation by the FBI and the Food and Drug Administration . "We've had health care fraud cases by corporations where they knowingly defrauded customers, but this (amount) is pretty high for individuals," said FBI spokeswoman LaRae Quy . "Who would have thought you would have made that much money from diabetic strips?" Authorities said beginning in March 2002, the Mendozas began devising a scheme to make money from diabetic strips fraudulently obtained from a Roche Diagnostic Corp. laboratory in Berkeley, where Shirley Mendoza was working as a contract administrative assistant. The strips are used to monitor blood- sugar levels in diabetics. Candy Land: How West Oakland's Ocho Candy Makes Its Organic Sweet Treats Sarah Fritsche Bernal Heights hit-and-run San Francisco Chronicle Woman's car plunges 300 feet off cliff near Pacifica California Highway Patrol SF Brewing Co. Ghirardelli Square Virtual Tour San Francisco Chronicle The story behind You're Going to Die, SF's death-related open mike San Francisco Chronicle David Nayfeld making pasta San Francisco Chronicle Oakland Airport Accident March 27 San Francisco Chronicle Why leaving Facebook doesnt always mean q Continue reading >>

Going Undercover To Investigate Selling Test Strips For Cash

Going Undercover To Investigate Selling Test Strips For Cash

Maybe you've seen the "Diabetic Strips" signs on the side of the road in your state and also wondered what actually happens when you call one of the numbers listed... We wrote about organizations dealing in test strips cheap-for-cash in our post "Test Strip Charities" last year, but without the extra bonus of having an undercover "secret shopper" to check the service out. Now our talented cartoonist, D-Advocate and correspondent Mike Lawson offered to make that happen by following up on one of these surprising road-side signs. Read on to discover what Mike found out! Special to the 'Mine by Mr. Mike Lawson I felt like Woodward. No...I felt like Bernstein. Wait. Which one did Robert Redford play in All The President's Men? That's the one I felt like. I was sitting in a McDonald's parking lot in Scottsdale, Arizona, waiting for a man named Marcus to meet me so I could sell a box of 50 test strips. I arranged this meeting by calling a phone number that I saw on a road-side sign in Phoenix that said "Ca$h Paid For Diabetic Strips." It is not illegal for companies to buy and sell test strips like this — although the companies are required to register with the FDA and many fail to do so — yet this transaction still felt a little shady. When I called the number, for example, I wasn't greeted with a company name but just by a woman who identified herself as "Stephanie." Stephanie told me that there was no physical building for me to drop off the strips, but rather a courier would be sent to me. Stephanie also told me that the price paid for strips varied based on the brand and the expiration date. So I could sell this box of One Touch strips that I purchased for $10 on my private insurance to this unnamed company for $20. And this same box of strips will sell for $40 or mor Continue reading >>

Web Black Market In Diabetic Supplies Costs Government $200m

Web Black Market In Diabetic Supplies Costs Government $200m

Last month, the federal government won its case against Gary Winner, the CEO of Planned Eldercare, an Illinois medical-supply company. Winner had been charged following an intensive investigation which found that his company preyed on older patients by asking for their Medicare number in return for free medical devices. Many of Winner’s marks had diabetes, and he sent them what every diabetic needs: blood-testing strips and lancets, which they use to monitor their blood glucose levels—some of them several times a day. But Winner also threw in various ankle, knee, and elbow braces, and even erectile-dysfunction machines. According to court papers, Winner bought penis pumps from a California sex-toy shop, repackaged them and labeled them as medically necessary devices for diabetes to “help increase blood flow to the prostate.” Planned Eldercare then billed Medicaid at a 1000% markup, for a total of more than $370,000. The prosecution of Winner, which resulted in a three-year-plus prison sentence for Medicare fraud, was a long time coming, but there is more that could be done to expose the darker corners of the multibillion-dollar business that is diabetic medical supplies. Nearly 25 million Americans struggle with diabetes, and about 2 million are diagnosed with the life-threatening disease each year. The Centers for Disease Control reports diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke, and the leading cause of kidney failure, new cases of blindness and a majority of limb amputations. In other words, it is not a disease to mess around with. But that is happening every day, as uninsured diabetics, faced with the high cost of the blood-monitoring equipment, are increasingly turning to quasi-legal or outright illegal suppliers. At a pharmacy, a box of 100 sma Continue reading >>

Test Strips For Sale On Ebay

Test Strips For Sale On Ebay

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community I find it outrageous that T2 diabetics like myself are denied test strips on the NHS whilst T1 which do get them free on the NHS are selling them and not cheaply on Ebay to those of us T2 who wish to keep track of our BS reading and adjust our diet accordingly. I can only assume that they either over order them or they are ordering a quantity and then only testing themselves rarely or not at all. Some people are selling anything up to a dozen or more boxes of 50 strips for in excess of 100. Surely this can't be right or fair. It's all very well to say - as my DB nurse does - you T2 don't need to test. I would far rather keep a watch on my diabetes by testing myself once a day and adjusting my eating accordingly if it starts going up again or going down too low than not testing only to find out at the next blood test that my levels have gone out of control. Do they say they are T1s or are you speculating? A dozen boxes of 50 for 100 (8 or 9 per box) doesn't sound that extortionate. Willing seller/willing buyer - nobody's forcing anyone to buy them off Ebay. Ebay also sells theatre tickets and concert tickets at inflated prices, uniforms ( issued free ), fake items etc etc. If people don't buy, people wouldn't bother selling. I agree it's morally wrong but we are making assumptions if we believe they are all being sold by greedy T1's. Also, for some T2's, it's the only way they can afford to self fund their testing. I used to buy mine from Singapore but still got accused of fiddling the NHS. People jump to conclusions sometimes. My "other" meter is an SD. Ebay also sells theatre tickets and concert tickets at inflated prices, uniforms ( issued free ), f Continue reading >>

Blog: Diabetes Test Strips Next Potential Fraud Trend?

Blog: Diabetes Test Strips Next Potential Fraud Trend?

“I Buy Diabetic Test Strips!” the ad in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette declared, with an 800-number and requirements that boxes be unopened and strips be unexpired. The secondary purchase and resale of test strips, typically advertised through Craigslist, is centered for now in Michigan, with several ads showing up in eastern West Virginia and western Maryland. With retail prices for test strips as high as $1.79 each, the so-called black or gray market finds people selling excess strips to buyers, who in turn resell them at sizable discounts. People with diabetes use these strips to test blood glucose levels, with those on insulin sometimes using 10 strips or more daily to manage their disease. Physicians, medical insurance providers and test-strip manufacturers warn about potential health risks from false readings from off-market strips damaged by heat or humidity, among other problems. “Products obtained from sources not authorized by LifeScan have been found to be counterfeit, stored or transported improperly, tampered with, stolen, associated with insurance fraud, illegally diverted or otherwise illegally obtained,” states LifeScan, the manufacturer of OneTouch test strips, the leading national brand. “LifeScan does not sell products through Amazon, eBay, or other online sources such as Facebook or Craigslist.” Strip search Several news reports have addressed the off-market sale of test strips. Some involve reporters spotting a buyer through Craigslist or other sites, with the exchange occurring in a fast-food restaurant parking lot, raising the specter of a black-market operation that begs the question of legality. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it’s perfectly legal, with limitations, to buy test strips and resell them, so long as the sel Continue reading >>

Blood Money: Black, Gray Markets For Diabetes Test Strips A Big Business

Blood Money: Black, Gray Markets For Diabetes Test Strips A Big Business

Before he connected with a rogue pharmacy tech in Washington state, before the enticing eBay ads and the deals with a Boca Raton-based medical supply company, Donald Alan Pepin appeared to be nothing more threatening than a business owner who drank too much. Sentenced to a stint in federal prison, the North Palm Beach man is, according to court documents, newly sober and abjectly sorry for his role in the black market for diabetic test strips. To diabetics, the tiny pieces of plastic are a lifeline to health. To pharmaceutical companies, middlemen and thieves, the pricey strips are worth their weight in gold. Pepin is not the only local involved in such shadowy sales. A Boynton Beach businessman is facing prison for a fake diabetes supply scheme spanning three countries. At the heart of both cases are the booming black and gray markets for the expensive strips. 3 Who cares if second-rounder Mike Gesicki cant block? Miami Dolphins need receiving threat at TE | T True, companies frequently give away blood-testing devices to diabetics, or sell them for a low price. But those devices call for a diabetic to prick a finger, apply the blood to the chemically treated strip, which is read by the equipment to measure the amount of sugar in the blood. And the strips, which can be used just once, are anything but free. Although some estimates peg the manufacturing cost at about a dime per strip, its not unusual for a single strip to retail for $1 or more. And its not unusual for diabetics dependent on insulin to have to test three to 10 times a day. The cost quickly adds up. Its out of reach of most people, said Lemoyne Bloom, who advertised on craigslist to buy unused test strips in South Florida with the goal of reselling them at bargain-basement prices but with enough of a prof Continue reading >>

Selling Test Strips On Ebay

Selling Test Strips On Ebay

Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please,join our community todayto contribute and support the site. This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies. I buy some of my own test strips and usually pay about 20 for 50 freestyle lite strips. I get about 1 box a month on prescription. But on searching for cheaper buys I found these strips for sale on UK eBay at 5 + 2.99 postage - up to 24.00 Anyone used these? They say they are in date but is it people who have them on prescription and are selling them? If so, that is very naughty. What do you think? Would you buy them. I am going to continue buying from chemists. I buy some of my own test strips and usually pay about 20 for 50 freestyle lite strips. I get about 1 box a month on prescription. But on searching for cheaper buys I found these strips for sale on UK eBay at 5 + 2.99 postage - up to 24.00 Anyone used these? They say they are in date but is it people who have them on prescription and are selling them? If so, that is very naughty. What do you think? Would you buy them. I am going to continue buying from chemists. Before my MD "upped" my strips from 100 to 200/month (and had to tell my insurance co. that I am a "brittle" diabetic to do so ), I bought a second box of 100 on eBay fairly regularly...from different sources. All had good dates. Some had a 20 second test time, where most of them gave results in 5 seconds. Some had "not intended for resale" printed on the box, leading me to believe that they had been salesmen's samples, or clinic samples. Some were the result of a loved one's recent death. In the end, I believed some to have been stolen from someone's employer/client, and that creeped me out a bit. That's when I told my MD that I was obtaining my extra strips that way. She lik Continue reading >>

The Murky World Of Secondhand Diabetic Test Strips

The Murky World Of Secondhand Diabetic Test Strips

Chelsea Arnold was getting into debt over tiny pieces of plastic: diabetic test strips. When Arnold was first diagnosed with diabetes she needed to test her blood sugar 10 times a day. She went to Wal-Mart and found that one box, which contained only a five-day supply of test strips, was $80. Arnold called her parents and told them she didn't know what to do. She didn't have the money. Arnold then did what a lot of people do when they need help: She searched on Google. She typed in the words "cheap test strips," and Craigslist came up. She bought eight boxes for less than $100. At Wal-Mart, she would have paid $640. Arnold said, "it was like having a life sentence and then realizing that there's a cure." With this Google search, Arnold stumbled into an underground economy for diabetic supplies. It's a market that offers a lower-cost option for test strips, though it is hard for customers to know where the boxes come from. Some boxes may be repackaged and unsafe to use, and some boxes are sold by diabetics who are desperate for cash. But many of them come from people who have health insurance and have accumulated extra test strips. Trey falls into this category. (He asked us not to use his last name, because he fears retribution from his insurance company, even though he feels he hasn't broken any laws.) He moved from one type of blood sugar monitoring system to another type of monitoring system and ended up with 20 extra test strip boxes. At that point, Trey began researching. He said, "Obviously No. 1: Is it legal to be able to sell test strips?" Trey realized that it is legal, with a caveat. "It's kind of a gray market as long as you don't get them from Medicare and Medicaid," he said. Trey then found a local buyer on Craigslist. It starts to look a little seedy here. Continue reading >>

What Do You Think Of Sites Like Cashfordiabetics.com That Buy Test Strips?

What Do You Think Of Sites Like Cashfordiabetics.com That Buy Test Strips?

I know its been going on for a while now, but I only happened upon one of these sites just recently. They say its 100% legal and they do it for a good cause (to help poor diabetics afford test strips and whatnot), but to me, it sounds sleazy! Especially after I read this post at Diabetes Mine, Going Undercover to Investigate Selling Test Strips for Cash. Heres a quote from the post: It is not illegal for companies to buy and sell test strips like this although the companies are required to register with the FDA and many fail to do so yet this transaction still felt a little shady. Maybe it only seems shady when youre sitting in a McDonalds parking lot in Scottsdale, Arizona, waiting for a man named Marcus to meet [you] so [you] could sell a box of 50 test strips to him; but not those online ones?! Heres a bunch of the online sites that buy test strips; and of those that claim they have the BIGGEST payout, I noticed they pay the LEAST amount of money for some of the more popular brands! I think its almost always insurance fraud and contributes to insurance being unwilling to pay for our strips. I buy my test strips on line because BCBS will not supply my test strips under any circumstance. I pay less for my strips on Amazon than most individuals OP cost is through their insurance company. I have no idea where they really come from but there in the factory package and have a descent expiration date. My last purchase was $120.00 for a Qty.of 600. I have never sold test strips, but over the years I have given away many infusion sets, insulin, test strips , and metersI hate to see diabetes products go in the trash You can get 600 Relion Prime strips for $107.26 at Walmart with a prescription (without a prescription you have to pay tax) and no insurance. This seems sketchy. Continue reading >>

Selling Diabetic Test Strips On Ebay & Other Sites

Selling Diabetic Test Strips On Ebay & Other Sites

Selling Diabetic Test Strips on eBay & Other Sites Before we get started, there are three things you need to know about theDiabetic Test Strip Market: Diabetic Test Strips have one of the highest sell-through-rates of anyproduct on eBay. Selling Diabetic Test Strips is one of the fastest ways to start makingmoney online. Many sellers see income within a week or 10-days. Start-up costs are very low. Most sellers start with less than $100 -anda few with as little as $25. If you scan this article, it may seem really complicated and difficult -butit's not. I suggest you just read the entire article first, before decidingif this is something you would like to try. Diabetic Test strips test for Glucose levels in the blood. Diabetics musttest their blood several times a day (as often as 3 to 6 X a day) withglucose Test Strips. But glucose test strips are very expensive, oftencosting up to $100 per box at retail! The diabetic test strip market oneBay helps diabetics save between 25% to 50% on their strips. There aremillions of diabetics who can only afford them this way. Before we get into the details, lets take a look at some completed auctionsfor this product. These are completed auctions. When you look at ongoing auctions you will see lower prices. Thats because the auctions havent ended yet. As you can see, Test Strips sell very well (over 15,000 completed sales inthe past 30 days). Sales average between $30 and $60, with some brands ofstrips reaching $100. So where do these sellers get their strips? This is a very interesting market: Thousands of diabetics, people withshort-term diabetes, and women with gestastational diabetes (diabetesassociated with pregnancy), are often sent strips through the mail by theirpharmacies. Once they no longer need them, the strips usually k Continue reading >>

Sell On Ebay? Beware These Items…

Sell On Ebay? Beware These Items…

I had a great phone call today with eBay’s “Top Customer Care” department* and as part of the talk the agent let me in on a few tips that I hadn’t heard before. Apparently there is a big trend right now where eBay is cooperating in a BIG way with local law enforcement to help track down people that are selling stolen goods on eBay. Of course we all support that effort as legitimate business people, but…how can you avoid being mistaken for one of the bad guys? The eBay TCC agent told me that you should always be able to prove that the items you are selling weren’t stolen ESPECIALLY IF the items are new (I guess there isn’t much theft of used items for resale on eBay). I said, “What if I buy a new item at a garage sale – how can I cover myself?” His suggestion was to always have an invoice with a signature from the source. Carry your own invoice book if you have to and get a signature from the seller of any NEW goods. I thought that was a great idea and had to share it with you. I also asked specifically, what types of items are on the radar with eBay and local law enforcement right now? According to TCC it’s anything that is : Easy to shop lift Pricey and small NIB (new in original box) If this describes anything you are selling consider covering yourself by tracking each purchase source with proof that the item wasn’t stolen. According to TCC an invoice will do the trick if you are ever asked for proof. *TCC or Top Customer Care is set up to answer the questions of experienced power sellers. As a Gold Powerseller I get access to them, but ANY seller can call eBay. (866)643-1588 is the number you can use and they will route you to the correct place if you aren’t eligible for the TCC team. Continue reading >>

Is It Legal To Sell Diabetic Test Strips?

Is It Legal To Sell Diabetic Test Strips?

Under most circumstances it is 100% legal to sell diabetic test strips online. There are, however, a few cases in which selling your test strips would be illegal. If Medicaid or Medicare pays for your diabetic supplies it is against the law for you to sell them. People on Medicaid and Medicare get their diabetic testing supplies paid for by the government so they can not be sold. To identify if your test strips were paid for by the government there will be a red strip on the box indicating that it has been paid for by Medicaid or Medicare. You can not sell expired, or used test strips, or test strips that have been tampered with. Any test strip that has compromised and can not be safely used can not be sold. It is illegal to sell items that are not rightfully yours. You can not sell stolen diabetic supplies. If you have legally acquired your test strips by purchasing them (even if they were prescribed) or if you acquired the test strips as a gift, you can legally sell them as long as they have not expired or been tampered with. All items listed above can be legally donated. Continue reading >>

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Everything You Need To Know About Diabetes Test Strips

Update: A lot of our readers ask us where can they find the best deals for test strips. We personally recommend Amazon. You can check the list of selections they offer by clicking here. Blood glucose test strips play a crucial role in helping you to monitor your daily blood glucose level and giving your doctor the data to adjust your medication to control your diabetes symptoms. Without the help from these little disposable strips, life with diabetes can become even more chaotic than ever. But what exactly are these thin little plastic slip and why are they so expensive? Are there any alternative method I can use? Where can I get the best deal on these test strips? This article will answer many of your questions and concerns regarding these blood glucose test strips: Table of Contents History on Glucose Test Strips How Does the Test Strips Work Why Are the Strips So Expensive? And Why the Price Discrepancy? Why Must Diabetic Patients Use Glucometer and Test Strip? How Often Should You Administer A Blood Glucose Test? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? How Accurate Are the Test Strips? How to Find Out if Your Glucose Monitor is Accurate? What is a Urine Glucose Test? Can’t I Use This Procedure Instead? Expiration of Test Strips Medicare Plan B Coverage for Glucose Test Strips Where to Get the Best Deal on Test Strips? Ways to Save of Test Strips How to Avoid Counterfeit Blood Glucose Test Strips Can You Reuse Test Strips? Can You Make Your Own Test Strip? 4 Most Affordable Meters How to Pick the Right Glucometer? How to Dispose Used Test Strips, Lancets, and Needles? What to Do with All These Test Strip Containers? Selling Your Glucose Test Strips A Good Idea? Odd Way to Earn Some Money Back Questions? History on Glucose Test Strips The first glucomet Continue reading >>

Why You Shouldnt Buy Diabetes Test Strips From Resellers

Why You Shouldnt Buy Diabetes Test Strips From Resellers

Weve all seen the roadside signs or posters nailed to telephone poles. Unnamed sellers offer to buy unused test strips for people with diabetes . You may even see these supplies on online sites such as eBay, where test strips may be resold. Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy What do they really offer? Inexpensive but unreliable, possibly unsafe blood glucose monitoring equipment and test strips. When you buy glucose meter kits and test strips from certified distributors, they have to pay attention to how they are stored and the expiration dates, says endocrinologist Betul Hatipoglu, MD . So there are multiple dangers when you buy from uncertified resellers. Dr. Hatipoglu cites a variety of potential health concerns. Strips purchased from these suppliers could have been stored improperly, exposing the strips to excessive heat or cold. This change in temperature causes damage to the testchil strips. Also, they may be expired or possibly even counterfeit. All of that means a higher chance of inaccurate test results if you use them. [Tweet For safe blood glucose test strips, avoid buying from uncertified resellers. #diabetes] Last year, Nova Max, one of the major manufacturers of test strips, issued a recall for defective test strips and meter kits. These products were reporting false, abnormally high blood glucose results. The company promptly notified all legitimate, registered users, health care professionals, pharmacies and distributors. The products were removed from legitimate sellers shelves. Unregistered third-party resellers, however, did not receive a notice. That means they didnt know they were supposed to remove the suppl Continue reading >>

How To Get Rich From Diabetic Strips

How To Get Rich From Diabetic Strips

I don’t know what the hell is wrong with people but all of the sudden I see a new “Diabetic Strips” trend amongst some of these real estate forums that I frequent. I guess this is some fall back plan people are pushing on newbies if you’re not able to make it as a successful real estate investor. I can hardly stomach the thought. From what I understand, you can buy people’s “unwanted” diabetic strips for $3 or $4 bucks, and then resell them on eBay for $10 – $15. First of all, I’ve listed a few things of my own on eBay. I cant tell you right now that listing items on eBay and managing an eBay store is complete and utter bullshit. It takes up too much of your time, there’s too much customer service, people complaining, wanting refunds, leaving negative feedback for no reason, etc. I don’t know about you, but I value my time a whole lot more than what I might make if I sell a box of diabetic strips. I know there’s a dying need for people to work for themselves and make a living without being under the supervision of someone else. And I’m sure there’s a market for SOMEONE to sell diabetic strips. BUT I’m seeing people that are in REAL ESTATE groups, who are trying to break into the business of creative real estate investing talking about selling diabetic strips! WHAT IN THE HELL???? You guy must’ve lost your minds. Listen. It’s takes energy to be an entrepreneur. It takes JUST AS MUCH energy and focus to sell real estate as it does to sell diabetic strips. The only difference is that you’re most likely NOT going to make $200 when you sell a house. You’re going to make 4 or 5 FIGURES $ $ $ $ $ $. Why would you expend ANY of your energy, focus, time, or money, trying to make $20? or $100? Or even $200? If you’re aspiring to become a re Continue reading >>

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