Respiratory therapist sentenced for stealing COVID equipment

SEATTLE (AP) — A respiratory therapist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been sentenced to three months in prison for stealing a ventilator and other medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic and selling them on eBay. Gene Wamsley must remain on nine months of home confinement once he’s released from prison under the sentence ordered Monday by a federal judge. Officials launched an investigation in January 2020 when the medical center reported two bronchoscopes, used for examining a patient’s airway, were missing. A third bronchoscope was reported missing three months later. Wamsley admitted stealing the three machines and selling them on eBay. Wamsley also stole a respirator and ventilators.