Coon Rapids man given probation on federal plea

A 52-year-old Coon Rapids man was sentenced in U.S. District Court Aug. 1 for stealing prosthetics and related supplies from the Fairview Medical Center and selling them online.

U.S. District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Peter Stasica to two years of probation, to pay more than $88,000 in restitution and to perform 100 hours of community service on one count of wire fraud.

Stasica was charged March 8, 2013 and pleaded guilty April 11.

In his plea agreement, Stasica admitted that from February to August 2011, while he was the prosthetics manager for Fairview’s Orthotics and Prosthetics Department, he began removing prosthetics and prosthetic-related supplies without authorization to sell on eBay.

In his capacity as prosthetics manager, Stasica’s duties included purchasing supplies and equipment, working with vendors and advising patients about whether a new prosthetic limb was necessary.

In addition, Stasica admitted he solicited from several patients, under false pretenses, prosthetics they were not using.

Stasica did not disclose to those patients that he intended to sell them.

During the course of the scheme, approximately 40 buyers purchased more than 60 prosthetics and related supplies from Stasica via eBay.

This case was the result of an investigation by the FBI. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David M. Genrich.

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