By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/2/2014 (2 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Both incredibly bizarre and macabre, a Pennsylvania man was arrested for allegedly stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin grafts from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.
Gary Dudek, allegedly stole more than $350,000 worth of skin grafts from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Gary Dudek, a sales representative for regenerative medicine firm Organogenesis who was in charge of managing the hospital's bio-medical department's accounts and supplying the grafts, allegedly stole the skin grafts from November 2011 and July of 2013.
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The police were called in to investigate after the hospital noticed that the grafts were missing during an audit in January 2014. Detectives soon discovered that the 54-year-old had an "open purchase order" which allowed him to buy skin grafts for the hospital whenever he wanted to. Police allege that there are two surveillance videos of Dudek taking the skin grafts from the hospital and putting them in his car
Police claim that he made several unauthorized purchases, which the hospital never actually received, costing the organization $357,000.
It is unclear why Dudek took the skin, or what he did with such large quantities.
He was arrested on May 29, and released after posting 10% of his $10,000 bail.
Though Dudek has not commented on the issue, his attorney, Eugene Tinari told NBC that the issue should have been brought before a civil court, not a criminal one.
"If Mercy Hospital has suffered losses and they can be deemed to be as a result of Mr. Dudek's actions, then perhaps a civil suit could have been initiated," he said. "But to take this into the criminal arena against a man who has been nothing but a hard-working and law-abiding citizen his entire life is a bit draconian, in my view."
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