Veterans Affairs Respiratory Therapist, Gene Wamsley sentenced to prison for stealing and selling medical supplies
Records show he sold five ventilators on eBay – more than $100,000 in equipment stolen from VA medical facilities
Seattle (STL.News) A respiratory therapist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Seattle was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to three months in prison and nine months of home confinement for theft of government property, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. GENE WAMSLEY, 42, of Bonney Lake, Washington, admits stealing a ventilator and other respiratory medical equipment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and selling it for his own gain. At the sentencing hearing, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart said, “This is an extremely serious offense, quite independent of the COVID-19 pandemic, this was exploiting patients.”
“This type of fraud strikes at the heart of our efforts to care for our elderly—especially our veterans,” said U.S. Attorney Brian Moran. “Stealing money is bad enough, but stealing equipment needed for life-saving therapies shocks the conscience.”
According to records filed in the case, the investigation began in January 2020 when VAMC reported two bronchoscopes, used for examining a patient’s airway, went missing from the hospital.