Raid on medical supplier part of investigation on COVID-19 fraud

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The subject of the search warrant on Guam was MEDPHARM a supplier of healthcare products and medical supplies located in Dededo.

Federal authorities confirm that a raid conducted at a medical supplier yesterday morning was part of an ongoing criminal investigation related to COVID-19.

Special agents with Homeland Security Investigations executed search warrants on Guam and Saipan in relation to an ongoing criminal investigation related to COVID-19 fraud.

The subject of the search warrant on Guam was MEDPHARM a supplier of healthcare products and medical supplies located in Dededo.

While it was not disclosed what federal authorities were looking for, the warrant did not extend to the group of companies under MedPharm which include Express Med Pharmacy, Perezville, Sagan Amot Pharmacy, and Lab Tech.

Lori Haley, Spokeswoman for HSI, says the investigation is part of Operation Stolen Promise, HSI’s global campaign to combat COVID-19-related fraud.

“Operation Stolen Promise was launched April 15 and combines HSI’s expertise in global trade, financial fraud, international operations, and cyber-crime. The initiative focuses investigative efforts on financial fraud schemes, the importation of prohibited and fraudulent pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, websites defrauding consumers or facilitating illegal activity, and any other illicit criminal activities associated with the virus that compromise legitimate trade, financial systems or endanger the public,” Haley said.

The operation is jointly being carried out by HSI Honolulu and the US. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division, with assistance from ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBI, the CNMI Department of Public Safety, CNMI Customs and the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.