A man in Pennsylvania has been accused of stealing $350,000 worth of human skin from a hospital in Philadelphia. Gary Dudek, who is 54 years-old, was arrested on Tuesday. He is being charged with tampering with records and theft according to police. Skin grafts are used to treat disfigurements that are caused by disease, injuries or severe burns.
Dudek was a sales representative for Organogenesis. Organogenesis is a regenerative medicine company. Dudek worked for the company from September 2006 to September 2013. He had a variety of responsibilities, which included supplying the hospital with skin grafts and managing accounts for the bio-science department according to the police.
Dudek had an open purchase order due to his position. This allowed him to purchase skin grafts any time that he wanted. However, according to police, many of the purchases that Dudek made were unauthorized. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital never received the skin grafts. This caused the hospital to lose approximately $357,000.
According to officials, Dudek was caught on surveillance video twice stealing videos from the hospital and putting it inside of his car. Mercy Philadelphia Hospital conducted an audit of their finances in January. That was when the hospital discovered the missing skin grafts.
According to the investigators, Dudek ordered over 200 skin grafts from November 2011 to July. The skin grafts were valued at $1,700 each. All of those purchase were unauthorized according to the Associated Press. The hospital only needs to have a few skin grafts at one time according to the authorities.
According to the Philadelphia Daily News, police officers have stated that Dudek’s motive for stealing the skin grafts was not clear. They also do not know what Dudek did with the skin grafts that were stolen.
Dudek was arrested at his home in Wallingford, Pennsylvania on Monday May 26, 2014. He was released from prison on Tuesday May 27, 2014 after 10 percent of a $10,000 bail. Eugene Tinari is Dudek’s attorney. He released a statement saying that the hospital has yet to prove that his client did anything wrong, and the case needs to be handled civilly.
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