Printer-toner cartridges are expensive, can be a pain to replace and offer a potential source of riches if you're willing to break the law.
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New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center learned that lesson thanks to Marque Gumbs, a former receiving clerk who pleaded guilty July 26 to grand larceny for embezzling $1.2 million from the hospital through excessive toner orders, as reported by the Associated Press.
Gumbs got the money by ordering printer toner, stealing it and then reselling it, presumably to representatives of what apparently is a thriving black market in toner. Haven’t seen that in a Martin Scorsese movie. Authorities say Gumbs had delivery drivers meet him and give him the supplies on the street, then resold them and pocketed the cash.
Gumbs was fired after his November arrest, and the 33-year-old expects to be sentenced Aug. 8 to 2 ½ to 7 ½ years in prison. He’ll also have to give up proceeds from selling a BMW SUV, a diamond Rolex watch, Vuitton bags and other pricey items.
The hospital declined to comment.
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