- Associated Press - Friday, April 25, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A former technology employee at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics illegally sold company computers to staffers and friends, according to a state audit released Friday.

The audit said Brian Manary, a former information technology consultant, improperly sold the equipment while working for the hospital’s Health Care Information Systems department.

The hospital lost more than $57,000 in the process, according to the audit. The amount is conservative; several individuals claim they bought computers from Manary, but they provided insufficient information about the purchases.

Manary worked for the information systems department between 2005 and 2013. His job description eventually included helping staff determine what computers they needed for respective departments, but he was not authorized to order equipment.

An internal investigation into Manary’s work began after the information systems department was contacted in June 2013 by an individual who said she received a laptop from Manary as a Christmas gift in 2011. When she contacted the computer-maker’s technical support in November 2012, she was told the computer was registered to the hospital.

The woman also told department officials her daughter received a laptop from Manary as a birthday gift in April 2012. He also allegedly sold another person a desktop computer in August 2012. A questionnaire to selected staff members revealed additional computer purchases within departments that worked with Manary.

Manary was placed on administrative leave on June 21, 2012. He was terminated several days later.

Tom Moore, a spokesman for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, said the hospital has implemented the audit’s recommendations for better inventory records. He also said the hospital has strengthened its tracking systems for equipment.

Court records show Manary was charged with ongoing criminal conduct and first-degree theft. He pleaded guilty to the theft charge as part of a plea deal that dropped the conduct charge. He is scheduled to be sentenced in early May and is expected to pay some type of restitution.

“He really is committed to making full restitution,” said defense attorney Davis Lee Foster.

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