MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Former Ferry Machine Corp. sales vice president Keriellen Mack told a court this week that her erstwhile employer ran a scheme to sell uncertified parts to orthopedics giant Stryker (NYSE:SYK).
Mack claimed that Ferry was already on Stryker’s "no future business" list after CFO Louis Ferretti attempted to offer kickbacks to Stryker’s clients, Law360.com reported. After that Stryker refused to purchase any new parts from Ferry, ordering only parts it had already been purchasing.
During an audit of a Ferry manufacturing plant, Stryker allegedly found a stash of uncertified parts that Ferry had been selling, despite Ferretti’s attempts to hide them under a tarp, Mack said. Stryker ordered the parts destroyed, but Mack told the court that Ferretti faked photos of the parts on the way to the scrap heap and continued to sell them.
Mack claimed that her attempts to complain about the illicit actions resulted in her being mistreated, stripped of her duties and ultimately fired, according to Law360.com. Mack further accused Ferretti of sexually harassing her, fondling her in the workplace and sending inappropriate photos of himself to her and her mother.
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