Peter Stasica, a 52-year-old from Coon Rapids, worked as a manager at Fairview's orthotics and prosthetics department in 2011 when he began taking materials from the hospital, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He also solicited prosthetics no longer being used from patients, not disclosing his plan to put them up for bid.
Jeanne Cooney, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota, says this marks the first time she's seen anyone charged for dealing in stolen prosthetics. "This is a unique case."[jump]
Stasica made a total of 60 sales to 40 buyers, raking in about $17,000 in profit. He pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud this morning, and could face up to 20 years in prison.
As a manager at Fairview, Stasica was in charge of buying supplies and offering advice to patients on whether they needed new prosthetic limbs. According to the Star Tribune, he was also secretary of a nonprofit that promoted ethics in the industry.
Fairview spokeswoman Jennifer Amundson says Stasica no longer works for the hospital.