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As risk grew, hospitals turned a blind eye

Caught stealing drugs over and over, nothing was done to stop technician tied to hepatitis outbreak from finding another job

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Six years ago, supervisors at the University of Michigan hospital were eager to hire David M. Kwiatkowski as a radiology technician. At 27, he was an outgoing candidate who had experience helping doctors set up X-ray equipment and inject traceable dyes.

But after only a month in the $55,000-a-year job, veteran staffers eyed him warily. Twice, vials of narcotics had gone missing from operating rooms he had been in, according to campus police reports, and Kwiatkowski’s answers to officers were unconvincing.

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