Man allegedly steals $350,000 worth of human skin


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PHILADELPHIA, Penn. – A man is accused of stealing human skin worth $350,000 from a Philadelphia hospital.

Investigators say Gary Dudek used his position as a medical professional to pull it off.

According to WCAU, Dudek is charged with theft and tampering with records.

Court documents state that Dudek allegedly stole skin grafts from Mercy Hospital between November 2011 to July 2013.

Hospital officials say they noticed the skin grafts were missing after conducting an audit of their finances.

Police say Dudek, who was a sales representative for Organogenesis, was in charge of managing accounts for the bio-science department and making sure the hospital was supplied with skin grafts.

They say, the contractor had an “open purchase order” which allowed him to order the skin grafts whenever he wanted.

Detectives say Dudek made un-authorized purchases and the hospital never received the grafts.

Court documents also show that surveillance cameras caught Dudek taking skin grafts from the hospital and placing them in his car.

Investigators say they do not know what Dudek did with the skin or the motive behind the alleged thefts.  However, they suspect he was trying to make commission off of sales.

Dudek’s attorney believes that the issue should be a civil court matter and that the hospital has yet to prove his client did anything wrong.

His attorney said, “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. But 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.”

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