KENTWOOD, Mich. (WOOD) - The owner of Kentwood Pharmacy, which was raided Tuesday by federal agents, has a history of trouble with the law, 24 Hour News 8 has learned.
Kim Mulder, 51, who is listed on the pharmacy's website as CEO and owner, was convicted of embezzlement in 1987 in Ottawa County and felony false pretenses three years later in Cass County, state police records show.
As many as 24 federal agents raided the company's corporate offices on 44th Street SE near Stauffer Avenue in Kentwood and its packaging center two blocks east, at 2480 44th St.
"They were everywhere, everywhere," said Chris Berkley, a pharmacy technician.
Federal officials told 24 Hour News 8 they were seizing records and narcotics.
They also conducted simultaneous raids at the company's pharmacies, MidTowne Pharmacy at the Women's Health Center, 555 MidTowne St. NE; Eastgate Pharmacy, 2026 Boston St. SE; and in St. Louis and Alma in mid-Michigan.
The raids were conducted by the DEA, FDA, Health and Human Services and the Office of Inspector General, with agents from Chicago and Grand Rapids. They were armed with search warrants sealed in federal court.
Employees at the packaging center said federal agents questioned them one by one.
"We were all held in a break room until they were calling people out one at a time, three at a time," Berkley said. "Once you were done talking, you could leave.
"It was a little nerve-wracking. You didn't know exactly what was going on, so everyone was wondering, are we going to be coming back to work tomorrow or what?"
Employees said they were stunned by the raids.
"I'm very shocked to show up and see this happening," said Ian McLellen, the assistant distribution manager. "We don't hear anything bad going on down here. It's just come in, do our job and go home at the end of the day."
Kentwood Pharmacy opened in August 2001, according to its website. Although the site lists Mulder as the owner, state records say the owner is Joan Mulder.
An attorney for the company refused to comment Tuesday.
Kim Mulder's 1987 embezzlement conviction in Ottawa County led to nearly $10,000 in fines, costs and restitution and three years on probation, state police records show.
Before the three years were up, in June 1989, he was charged with embezzlement again, in Cass County. Records show he pleaded guilty to a felony false pretenses charge and was sentenced to 90 days in jail, $5,000 in fines and costs and five years probation.
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