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Phoenix-area pharmacy technician pleads guilty to stealing diabetic strips

(Arizona Attorney General’s Office Photo)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix-area pharmacy technician has pleaded guilty in a case where he is accused of stealing hundreds of boxes of diabetic test strips from his employer.

Robert Brian Kemple, 30, pleaded guilty last week to one count each of fraud, trafficking in stolen property and computer tampering.

The guilty plea will allow the dismissal of dozens of other counts that accused Kemple of stealing over $100,000 of medical supplies from a CVS pharmacy in Goodyear in 2017.

Kemple’s plea agreement calls for a prison sentence of up to 7.5 years in prison and an order to payment restitution of $100,540.44.

He is accused of ordering diabetic test strips for the store and selling them online.

Kemple is set to be sentenced on Jan. 15.

He was indicted on June 11 for fraudulent schemes, theft, trafficking in stolen property and 30 counts of computer tampering.

The investigation was a collaborative effort between the Goodyear Police Department and the Attorney General’s Office Heath Care Fraud and Abuse Section.

Kemple was one of more than 600 people charged, including doctors and nurses, as part of the National Health Care Fraud Takedown, which targeted health care fraud and opioid-related crimes across the U.S.

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