A southeastern Pennsylvania man has been charged with stealing more than $350,000 worth of human skin over a period of several years.
Fifty-four-year-old Gary Dudek of Wallingford was arrested Monday and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with records.
Authorities say he worked until September as a sales representative for a Massachusetts-based regenerative medicine firm and could order skin grafts for Mercy Philadelphia Hospital.
The Philadelphia Daily News reports that authorities allege that Dudek ordered more than 200 grafts without authorization from November 2011 to July that the hospital never received.
Philadelphia police said they do not know the motive or what happened to the grafts.
Defense attorney Eugene Tinari told WCAU-TV that the case should be handled as a civil matter, and the criminal charges are "draconian."