Former employee allegedly sold 93 guns purchased by Georgia hospital

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The former director of security for a Georgia hospital has been indicted on 19 charges after allegedly stealing guns the hospital paid for and selling them for profit, according to the Department of Justice.

Russell Richardson was director of security for DeKalb Medical Center in Atlanta — now named Emory Decatur Hospital — between 2016 and June 2018. During that time, he allegedly ordered 93 firearms and had the invoices submitted to the hospital for payment. The hospital paid the invoices but didn't receive the firearms. Mr. Richardson allegedly kept the guns and sold them for profit, according to the Justice Department.

Mr. Richardson is also accused of misusing a hospital credit card. The credit card was solely for gas purchases and maintenance for hospital vehicles, but he allegedly charged roughly $45,000 on the card for repairs and services performed on his personal vehicles. The mechanic shop later refunded Mr. Richardson about $20,000, which he allegedly kept.

Mr. Richardson faces 15 counts of mail fraud, one count of dealing firearms without a license and three counts of unlawfully selling firearms to out of state residents, according to the Justice Department.

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