A former Kaiser employee is accused of taking millions of dollars worth of medical equipment belonging to the healthcare giant and resold it to other medical centers.
In an affidavit filed June 27, FBI Special Agent William Leoni accused San Ramon resident Anthony Giovanni Montanelli of mail fraud around 2014.
Montanelli worked as a biomedical engineer for Kaiser’s clinical technology department beginning in 2012, servicing ultrasound equipment at Kaiser hospitals and medical centers in the Bay Area. As part of his job, Montanelli was supposed to return old parts to suppliers. But according to the affidavit, Montanelli created false paper trails and instead resold parts through a fictitious side company he opened.
Montanelli also allegedly fraudulently ordered new ultrasound parts and had them shipped to his home to resell for personal gain.
According to the affidavit, Kaiser began its own internal investigation in 2015. Investigators interviewed Montanelli in 2016, where, according to the affidavit, he acknowledged reselling medical equipment parts belonging to Kaiser and resigned. Shortly thereafter, he met Kaiser investigators at a storage unit in Pleasanton and returned medical equipment and parts belonging to Kaiser.
Initially, the affidavit claims, Montanelli said he had returned all Kaiser-owned property. But then his attorney called Kaiser to arrange for the return of more equipment. All told, according to the affidavit, he returned nearly 2,000 ultrasound items worth millions of dollars.
“Based on the foregoing, I respectfully request that this court issue a criminal complaint and criminal summons,” Leoni wrote.
Montanelli could not immediately be reached for comment. Kaiser did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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