Woman accused of stealing almost $700,000 in diabetic supplies changes plea

Updated: Jun. 25, 2018 at 9:31 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 47-year-old woman changed her plea to "no contest" on Monday to first-degree theft charges for allegedly selling diabetic test strips on the black market.

Stacie Lynn Pihana worked in the pharmacy at the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and prosecutors say she ordered and then intercepted more than 2,000 cases of the test strips over the course of roughly 14 months, before destroying all corresponding paperwork and taking them from the facility.

The test strips she allegedly stole and resold cost the hospital more than $695,000.

An indictment alleged that Pihana began stealing the medical supplies from the hospital and then selling them to a local source in July of 2016. Prosecutors said the local source then transported the boxes of test strips to Las Vegas for resale.

She is expected to be sentenced in September.

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