A former pharmacy technician implicated in the theft of more than $8.2 million worth of prescription HIV drugs from a northern New Jersey veterans hospital has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison.
Lisa Hoffman, 50, of Orange, pleaded guilty last November to theft of public property. She worked at East Orange Hospital, where she was responsible for ordering medications and supplies for the site’s outpatient pharmacy and maintaining its inventory.
From October 2015 to November 2019, prosecutors said Hoffman used his position to steal prescription HIV drugs from the hospital. She placed large orders for drugs, allegedly on behalf of the hospital, then stole them after they were delivered.
Hospital surveillance footage captured Hoffman routinely taking dozens of bottles of HIV medication from pharmacy shelves and eventually putting them in his bag, then leaving the hospital with the stolen drugs, prosecutors said. .
Hoffman regularly met with another conspirator and sold him the stolen drugs for cash. The conspirator would then sell the drugs to other people.
Hoffman received a 57-month sentence on Thursday. She must pay $8.29 million in restitution and will have to give up $450,000.