Authorities say they are looking for a warehouse manager in Southern California who is accused of stealing more than $ 1 million in COVID-19 tests from his employer’s clinic
SANTA ANA, California – Authorities are looking for a warehouse manager in Southern California who is accused of stealing more than $ 1 million in COVID-19 tests from his employer’s clinic.
Carlitos Peralta, 33, had access to his employer’s shipping and delivery system, according to Santa Ana police. His employer has seven department stores nationwide that are used to store and send COVID-19 tests to customers, which include clinics, pop-up test sites, schools and hotels.
Peralta diverted nearly 100 separate shipments from multiple warehouses to its home, police said.
Police told Southern California News Group that officers went to Peralta’s home on Feb. 9 to arrest him – following a tip from his employer about the thefts – but he appears to be on the run. Police on Thursday asked the public to contact the agency with information about his whereabouts.
The reorganization of the tests may have begun as far back as December, Cpl. Maria Lopez, a police spokeswoman, told Southern California News Group. Authorities will not say whether any of the tests have been recovered.
Lopez said Peralta wrote a colleague’s name as the sender on one of the shipments that went to his home.
“That employee got a notification and said, ‘Wait, what?’ and that’s how they started investigating, ”Lopez told Southern California News Group.