Coon Rapids man sentenced for stealing prosthetics from Fairview Medical Center and selling them online
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2013
MINNEAPOLIS—Earlier today in federal court, a 52-year-old Coon Rapids man was sentenced for stealing prosthetics and related supplies from the Fairview Medical Center and selling them online. United States District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Peter Stasica to two years of probation, to pay more than $88,000 in restitution, and to perform 100 hours of community service on one count of wire fraud. Stasica was charged on March 8, 2013, and pleaded guilty on April 11, 2013.
In his plea agreement, Stasica admitted that from February to August 2011, while he was the prosthetics manager for Fairview’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Department, he began removing prosthetics and prosthetic-related supplies without authorization to sell on eBay. In his capacity as prosthetics manager, Stasica’s duties included purchasing supplies and equipment, working with vendors, and advising patients about whether a new prosthetic limb was necessary.
In addition, Stasica admitted he solicited from several patients, under false pretenses, prosthetics they were not using. Stasica did not disclose to those patients that he intended to sell them. During the course of the scheme, approximately 40 buyers purchased more than 60 prosthetics and related supplies from Stasica via eBay.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Genrich.
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