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Man 'Stole $350k Of Human Skin' From Hospital
A former medical sales representative has been charged with stealing some $350,000 (£208,000) worth of human skin from a Philadelphia hospital.
Authorities say Gary Dudek used his role as an account manager in the bioscience department at Mercy Philadelphia Hospital to make unauthorised skin graft purchases.
Dudek, 54, allegedly ordered more than 200 grafts from November 2011 to July 2013 that the hospital never received.
Police say they are uncertain what Dudek may have done with the skin grafts, which are valued at $1,700 each.
Hospital officials discovered that the skin grafts were missing after carrying out a financial audit in January, prompting an investigation.
Dudek's attorney told WCAU-TV†that Mercy Hospital has yet to prove his client did anything criminally wrong, and that the case should have been submitted as a civil matter.
Eugene Tinari told the station:†"To take this into the criminal arena against a man who has been nothing but hard-working and law-abiding his entire life is a bit Draconian, in my view."
Dudek was released from jail after posting 10% of $10,000 bail.