Feds: Seattle VA medical staffer stole, sold respirators

SEATTLE (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a staffer at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Seattle stole respirators and other equipment, then sold it online amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gene Wamsley was arrested Wednesday after being charged in U.S. District Court with theft of government property. Investigators said the 41-year-old Bonney Lake man was employed as a respiratory therapist at the VA Medical Center until being placed on leave June 9. Wamsley’s attorney, Winston Choe, did not immediately return an email seeking comment.