Navy official, 5 Thai doctors arrested in alleged $14M medical glove scam

A senior U.S. Navy admiral and five other people have been arrested in Thailand over their alleged roles in a huge, international medical glove scam.

Special Warfare Group Seven Commander Timothy Wolf and six Thai medical officials are accused of fraudulently obtaining and selling overseas medical supplies worth approximately $14 million.

According to Bangkok Post, Thai and U.S. officials have issued arrest warrants for other suspects, including a retired Navy captain, a retired Air Force Captain, and a retired Thai military officer.

“Our investigation shows the Thai scheme involved the scamming of medical supplies to fly to places like Thailand,” Bobby Hauptman, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s supervisor for Thai operations, told CNN. “They provided all the medical supplies needed, and then they would provide fake invoices to the shipment carrier.”

CNN reported a previous ring arrested in Thailand is being investigated in Kentucky.

The massive scam was uncovered in 2016 after CNN and the Washington Post published stories on the efforts of a U.S. consultant with the custody-for-cash company Symbalink Medical Services.

According to Hauptman, the disgraced defense contractor, Aleksey Pochuyev, is believed to have masterminded the scam in exchange for bribes. At the time, Pochuyev was director of Russian naval intelligence.

An in-depth account of the investigation can be found in a July 7 piece from USNI News.

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