Former MGH Machine Shop Manager Indicted for Stealing More Than $640,000 in Three Separate Schemes
Allegedly Sold Scrap Brass Used in Radiation and Kept Proceeds; Ordered Hundreds of Tools through MGH for Own Use; Directed Payments for MGH Invoices to Himself
BOSTON – A former machine shop manager at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has been indicted for stealing more than $640,000 in three separate schemes, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office announced today.
Leonard Wasileski, 65, of Peabody, was indicted today by a Suffolk Grand Jury on the charges of Larceny over $250 (3 counts). He allegedly sold scrap brass after use in radiation and kept the proceeds for himself, ordered hundreds of unauthorized tools and pieces of equipment through MGH for his personal use, and directed payments for MGH invoices to his personal accounts.
“We allege that this defendant, an MGH employee for nearly 36 years, stole more than half a million dollars intended for the hospital using three separate schemes,” AG Coakley said. “He allegedly used his position and authority at the MGH machine shop to perpetuate and conceal this theft.”
The AG’s Office began an investigation in August 2013 after investigators from the MGH Special Investigations Unit conducted a preliminary investigation. Further investigation revealed three separate schemes in which Wasileski stole more than $640,000 in total. Wasileski was employed at MGH for nearly 36 years until his termination in 2013, initially as a machinist and then as the manager of the machine shops within MGH’s Department of Radiation Oncology (DRO).
Authorities allege that the majority of theft, more than $540,000, was scrap brass sold by Wasileski after it was used in radiation therapy treatments at MGH. The Proton Therapy Center at DRO uses a procedure in which brass discs with customized holes are used to focus radiation beams on cancer patients’ tumors while protecting the surrounding tissue. As manager of the DRO machine shops, Wasileski was responsible for purchasing and customizing those brass discs and with arranging the recycling or scrapping of brass after it had been used. Investigation revealed that Wasileski allegedly arranged for the scrap brass to be picked up by scrap vendors but kept the proceeds from that scrap for himself.
Authorities allege that Wasileski also used his authority as shop manager to make purchases using MGH funds to obtain hundreds of tools and items of woodworking equipment for his personal use. It is alleged that the estimated value of the unauthorized goods was approximately $88,000.
In a third scheme, authorities allege that Wasileski stole approximately $12,000 in connection with work performed by MGH employees at the MGH machine shop for a University of Rochester professor’s research. According to investigators, Wasileski sent invoices for this work to the University of Rochester directing that payment should be in the form of checks made payable to him personally, and deposited the resulting checks into his personal accounts.
A Suffolk Grand Jury returned indictments against Wasileski today. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on January 16.
These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
In January, AG Coakley filed An Act Regulating Secondary Metals Dealing, which, among other things, establishes a registry to increase the availability of the records and identities of metal scrap dealers, sellers and their wares to law enforcement. The legislation also allows for more accurate record keeping and tracking of items and their sellers.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Molly Parks of AG Coakley’s Fraud and Financial Crimes Division, with assistance from Investigator Marco DePalma from the AG’s Financial Investigations Division, and State Police assigned to the AG’s Office. MGH personnel and investigators also provided extensive assistance in the investigation.
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