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Feds indict 3 for stealing medication from military hospitals

Sep. 18, 2013 - 06:34PM   |  
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Two military hospital employees who allegedly stole and sold $1.3 million in medications from work were indicted along with the alleged buyer, according to federal authorities.

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced a five-count indictment against Rodger George Gurdon, 42, of Waldorf, Md.; Issa Wasco Koroma, 61, of Springdale, Md., and their alleged buyer Daniel Mark Wilkerson, 39, of Waldorf. The three men made deals for Botox and the recombinant human growth hormone Norditropin, according to the indictment.

In an affidavit from Shurdell English, a special agent of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, agents with the Food and Drug Administration raided the homes of the hospital employees June 11.

Investigators found 49 pounds of marijuana, $4,900 in cash and various medications at Gurdon’s home, court papers said. Gurdon is a pharmacy tech at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Va.

At Koroma’s home, investigators found hundreds of bottles and packages of prescription medication, $50,070 in cash and winning lottery tickets, according to court documents.Koroma works as a pharmacy tech at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Koroma’s attorney, Howard Cheris, told Army Times that his client “greatly regrets his role in this and he’s working with the government to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The affidavit states agents found the marijuana in garbage bags in the garage of Gurdon’s home.

Along with the medication and other money at Koroma’s home, agents found a backpack that contained $14,820 in bundled stacks and a bottle of blood pressure medication. Koroma was allegedly using the backpack to transport stolen growth hormone from Fort Belvoir.

Both men cooperated with investigators as they set up separate deals with Wilkerson the following day. Agents monitored the meetings.

Wilkerson usually paid Koromo and Gurdon each $1,000 to $1,500 for a weekly shipment of the growth hormone, English’s affidavit states.

Gurdon asked Wilkerson at one point in their dealings who was getting all of the drugs, to which Wilkerson replied only “doctors.”

The three men each face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge.

Koroma also faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison on each of four counts of theft of medical products.

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