Sloan-Kettering Employee Accused of $3.8M Ink Cartridge Scam
By Ben Fractenberg
MIDTOWN — A 32-year-old hospital worker was arrested for allegedly stealing over a million dollars worth of toner-cartridges over three years and selling them on the black market, according to court papers.
Marque Gumbs, who earned $37,000 a year from the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, allegedly lived the high-life after selling the cartridges. He padded his bank account with $149,048 worth of cash deposits and also paid $50,500 in cash for a BMW X6, according to court papers.
Gumbs was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court Wednesday and charged with grand larceny. He is being held on a $100,000 bail.
"He kept a fairly low profile, but the way he dressed was a little flashy," a neighbor of his at the Trump Plaza in New Rochelle told The Wall Street Journal. "You could tell he wore fancy clothes but he himself was low key as a person."
Gumbs reportedly worked as a receiving clerk at the hospital’s outpatient campus on East 53rd Street. The job gave him control over ordering, receiving and stocking the ink cartridges.
He ordered $1.2 million worth of cartridges between October 2009 and August 2010 that were not compatible with any of the printers at his facility, the complaint said. Gumbs ordered a total of about $3.8 million worth of ink cartridges while he was working for Sloan-Kettering, The Journal reported.
Gumbs allegedly asked the delivery truck to meet him on the street instead of inside the building and then stashed the goods inside the garbage bay area, according to the court papers.
A spokesperson for Sloan-Kettering told The Journal that Gumbs started working cancer center in 1999 but has been terminated.
His lawyer did not return a call for comment.