N95 masks returned to makeshift hospital in New Orleans after official who stole them is arrested

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Authorities in Louisiana said 80 respirator masks have been returned to a makeshift hospital for recovering coronavirus patients in New Orleans after being stolen by a high-ranking official.

The convention center’s Director of Public Safety was arrested over the weekend and charged with one count of malfeasance in office.

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State Police said Vernon Giscombe admitted to asking two employees to bring him boxes filled with N95 masks. The masks were for medical workers staffing the 1,000-bed hospital built inside the center.

Troopers recovered the 80 masks at Giscombe’s home and they were later returned.

It’s unclear whether Giscombe had an attorney.

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