Brett Kelman Nashville Tennessean Published 7:24 AM EST Feb 8, 2019 CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. — Bill Schneid stood in his home office, holding a package of skin cream worth more than gold. He didn’t know exactly what he had stumbled on, but he was pretty sure it was illegal. It was March 2015. A few weeks before, Schneid, 72, a curmudgeonly private investigator in Southern California, had been snooping around Marine Base Camp Pendleton when a Marine he knew mentioned he had a strange source of side income. The Marine was being paid to get medicine he didn’t need. A Tennessee doctor he had never met had written him a medicinal cream prescription, which was being filled by a pharmacy in Utah. The military covered the bill and the Marine got a cash kickback from somebody. When the creams arrived in the mail, the Marine didn’t actually use them. He was in it for the money, not the medicine, after all. Suspicious, Schneid launched a ruse to investigate, persuading the Marine to reroute the shipments to his house. Soon, Schneid received a shoebox-sized parcel that held several tubes of cream about the same size and consistency as sunscreen that was supposedly used to treat pain and scars. This… Read full this story
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