Govt Freezes Assets of Defendant - Supreme Court to Decide If That's Fair
In January 2005, Kerri Kaley received notice that she was the target of a federal investigation for her role in a "criminal enterprise" that stole medical equipment from Ethicon EndoSurgery (a division of Johnson & Johnson). Supplies manufactured by Ethicon, like sutures and trocars (used for laparoscopic surgery), would become obsolete because of new product developments by the company. According to Kaley, the procedures that Ethicon had in place for returning obsolete (but still functional) supplies was so onerous that a gray market for the supplies was developed. The government wanted them to plead guilty to charges that they wrongfully took and sold. The Kaleys exercised their right to get an attorney to represent them.