South Florida PPE thieves head to federal prison | USAO-SDFL

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Miami, Florida – Today, a federal district judge in Fort Lauderdale, Florida sentenced three members of a robbery ring to federal prison terms for stealing large quantities of N-95 respirator masks, Nitrile medical gloves and medical gowns at a Broward County medical supply company during the early spread of Covid-19 in the United States.

US District Judge Rodney Smith sentenced Alexander G. Jolly, Kenold Million and Pietro Felipe Sinclair each to 28 months in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release. Additionally, Justice Smith ordered the defendants to pay more than $470,000 in restitution.

Jolly and Million worked for a large medical supply company that supplies personal protective equipment (PPE) and other products to hospitals for frontline healthcare workers. Sinclair worked for the trucking company the medical supply company used to transport pallets of products to hospitals in South Florida. In April 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, when PPE was in high demand, Jolly and Million used their jobs at the medical supply company’s warehouse in Sunrise, Florida to steal PPE. They moved pallets containing large quantities of N-95 respirator masks, medical nitrile gloves and gowns to certain areas of the warehouse. Sinclair loaded the pallets onto his work truck (with legitimate loads) and transported the stolen PPE to Jolly and Million’s home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Once there, Sinclair transferred the stolen pallets from the truck to the house’s carport. He used pieces of cardboard and furniture to hide the pallets. Then, rental trucks and vans were used to move the stolen PPE from Jolly and Million’s home to various locations in Broward and Miami-Dade.

Jolly, Million and Sinclair stole over 8.5 million pairs of gloves, over 57,000 respirators and dozens of gowns from the company’s medical supply warehouse. The total cost to replace the stolen PPE was $470,000. It is one of the largest known PPE thefts in US history.

Juan Antonio Gonzalez, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Justin C. Fielder, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Local Office of Criminal Investigations in Miami, made the announcement.

The local FDA Criminal Investigations office in Miami investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Ustynoski prosecuted him.

Court documents and related information can be found on the District Court for the Southern District of Florida website at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or http://pacer.flsd.uscourts. gov, under file number 22-cr-60007.

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