Medical supply business in Bakersfield raided by FBI

Medical supply business in Bakersfield raided by FBI »Play Video
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A medical supply business off Chester Avenue was raided Friday morning by FBI agents.

Officers spent several hours in the Right HealthCare office on West Columbus Avenue and were seen removing boxes and equipment. Workers in neighboring businesses said they saw about a dozen officers in FBI vests storm into the office at about 9 a.m.

The FBI agent in charge at the scene referred a reporter's questions to their office in Sacramento. At that office, spokeswoman Gina Swankie wouldn't provide any details about the agents' work.

"We have some search warrant activity at that location," Swankie said. "We have no further comment."

Right HealthCare provides "durable medical equipment," according to their website. The office site at 1121 W. Columbus is owned by Jim and Lillian Ebling, according to the Kern County Assessor's Office, and a spokesman told Eyewitness News property taxes have not been paid for the "past couple years."

Neighboring businesses people and the Eyewitness News crew saw FBI agents checking several white vans marked "Right HealthCare" parked behind the office. Two big storage pods were also being checked. The back area is off an alley, and several vans were parked there.

A sign on the front door directed people to "return rental equipment to the rear of the store."

Eyewitness News saw two women start to leave the office through that back area. However, they returned inside the office. They were spotted later leaving from the front in a new, black Mercedes.

The company website says Right HealthCare was founded in 1998, and it's locally owned and operated, and specializes in respiratory and diabetic care services. The company also says they have an office in Fresno.

"Our office and driving staff are multilingual allowing us to provide excellent service to all our patients," the website says.

Eyewitness News called three phone numbers associated with Lillian and Jim Ebling, none of the numbers were working on Friday afternoon. The 800-number listed on the office door answered with a recording that all circuits were busy.

The FBI spokeswoman in Sacramento said documents involved in this action is now sealed, and when that becomes unsealed at some point, the case would be handled by the U.S. Attorney's office. The spokeswoman could not say when that would happen.