Business Insider / Reuters, June 2, 2014
A Pennsylvania man is facing charges that he stole human skin worth about $350,000 from a Philadelphia hospital over a period of nearly two years, police said. Gary Dudek, 54, is accused of stealing skin intended for use in skin-graft surgeries from Mercy Philadelphia Hospital between November 2011 and July 2013, a Philadelphia police spokeswoman said. The hospital called the police after noticing that skin was missing during an audit, according to Officer Christine O'Brien, a police spokeswoman. She said that Dudek may have had occasion to visit the hospital for his job as a sales director for Organogenesis, a Massachusetts-based biotech firm that engineers tissue for use in grafting out of skin cells.