Sloan-Kettering Employee Pleads Guilty to $1.5M Ink Toner Scam
By Kiratiana Freelon on July 26, 2011 2:34pm
MANHATTAN SUPREME COURT — A former employee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering pleaded guilty Tuesday to ripping off $1.5 million worth of toner cartridges from the cancer center to buy diamond jewelry and an expensive car, among other high-priced amenities.
Marque Gumbs, 33, who earned $37,800 a year as a receiving clerk at the Upper East Side center, used the ill-gotten funds from his supply scam to buy a diamond Rolex, Louis Vuitton bags and watches, and a $50,500 BMW X6, which he paid for in cash. He also took lavish trips to Las Vegas, Cancun and Florida, prosecutors said.
Gumbs scammed the hospital by ordering $1.5 million in toner shipments from Office Max between September 2007 and August 2010 for printer models that were not even in use at the hospital. The hospital was charged for the toner cartridges, but Gumbs intercepted them at the hospital's loading dock and sold them for profit.
He pleaded guilty to grand larceny in Manhattan Supreme Court Tuesday in exchange for a 2 1/2 to 7 1/2 year state prison sentence. He faced up to 25 years in prison if convicted of the original charges.
Gumbs admitted to padding his bank account with about $150,000 worth of cash deposits, while renting a $2,500 per-month Trump Plaza apartment in New Rochelle, prosecutors said.
Assistant District Attorney Lauren Littman said Gumbs would have to forfeit the stolen items.
He will be sentenced on Aug. 8.