*NEWS*MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INK CTG THEFT

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*NEWS*MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO INK CTG THEFT

 user 2006-12-28 at 1:59:00 pm Views: 61
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    Man pleads guilty in Spokane hospital thefts
    SPOKANE
    - A hospital warehouse supervisor has pleaded guilty to federal charges
    that he stole inventory and netted more than $644,000 by selling
    medical supplies on an online auction.Kevin Lee Ruff, 42, entered the
    pleas Wednesday in U.S. District Court to health care fraud and four
    counts each of embezzlement from a health care facility and money
    laundering.He could face up to 10 years in federal prison on the first
    five counts and up to 20 years in prison for the four money laundering
    charges. He remains free pending a March 20 sentencing
    hearing.Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Harrington said officials at
    Sacred Heart Medical Center questioned inventory adjustments Ruff had
    made to the computer inventory log that tracks items in the hospitals
    warehouse from January 2002 to October 2005.Ruff told District Judge
    Fred Van Sickle he took items that included diabetic glucose test
    strips and inkjet cartridges,
    then sold the items online on eBay for below-market value.FBI agents
    were able to track the stolen items when they subpoenaed Ruff’s online
    PayPal account, Harrington said.Between January 2002 and October 2005,
    according to court records, buyers of his stolen goods deposited
    $644,866 into his PayPal account to purchase the medical and office
    supplies, the government alleged.Some of his clients included medical
    supply representatives, Harrington said.Ruff did not comment after the
    hearing. His attorney, David Hearrean, said Ruff cooperated with
    investigators.