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Former hospital employee charged after allegedly stealing from Maury Regional

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Posted at 4:14 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 17:14:08-04

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WTVF) — A man was charged after allegedly stealing more than $250,000 worth of medical supplies from Maury Regional Medical Center.

The Maury County Sheriff's Office said 39-year-old Tommy John Riker surrendered to deputies on May 11. He was charged with 54 counts of money laundering.

Beginning in January of 2017, Riker had allegedly stolen more than $600,000-worth of various medical supplies from the hospital then sold them online.

Criminal Investigator for the 22nd Judicial District Attorney's Office Tommy Goetz began investigating the allegations in August of last year. That's when Maury Regional fire Riker.

Officials say, in total, Riker received more $250,000.00 from the sale of the stolen medical supplies. If convicted, Riker's facing up to 15-25 years in prison for the theft and up to 8-12 years for each count of money laundering.

"Once again, Investigator Goetz conducted a thorough and fair investigation into these allegations. Fortunately, as far as we know, no patients of Maury Regional Hospital were negatively effected by Mr. Riker's actions. The DA's office appreciates MRH bringing this matter to our attention so that it could be dealt with appropriately, through the legal system," said Brent Cooper District Attorney General 22nd Judicial District, Tennessee in a press release.