HCSO: Man sold $174k in stolen medical equipment on eBay

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by Jaime E. Galvan / KHOU.com

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Posted on November 30, 2012 at 5:52 PM

HOUSTON – A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing almost $174,000 worth of medical equipment and selling it on eBay because he was dissatisfied with his hourly wage, court documents state.

Nhat A. Huynh, of Houston, is charged with aggregate theft, a second-degree felony, court records state. Bail was set at $10,000.

Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in an affidavit that Huynh sold medical items he took from U.S. Med Equipment, where he worked as a technician and sales representative. From May 17 to Oct. 31, Huynh sold a total of 156 separate medical equipment items and accessories in 71 separate transactions totaling $173,936.98.

U.S. Med Equipment is located at 9700 block of Gulf Bank Road.

One of the managers at the company suspected that Huynh was stealing medical equipment and selling it on eBay and collecting payments through PayPal using his company computer, the affidavit states. He then submitted a flash drive with information captured from Huynh’s work computer to investigators.

Sheriff’s investigators told the manager to conduct an audit of the company inventory and compare it to the missing property located in the eBay records.

On Oct. 31, investigators and the manager then confronted Huynh, who initially denied the allegations, the affidavit states. He then admitted to the theft once the information captured from his computer was presented to him.

Huynh said he was mad at the company for paying him less than other workers at other companies, the affidavit states. He said he stole and sold the equipment to make up the difference in pay.

Huynh admitted that is what wrong to steal the equipment and offered to pay restitution, the documents state. On Nov. 27, investigators recovered 23 of the items reported stolen valued at $8,713.

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