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Former Stryker Engineer Pleads Guilty To Accepting Bribe

Walter Eisner • Tue, April 17th, 2018

Daniel Lawrynowicz, a former Stryker Corporation engineering director, plead guilty on April 3, 2018 to accepting a $75,000 bribe for steering business to a New York metallurgy firm.

According to the Department of Justice (DoJ), Lawrynowicz, 48, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Madeline Cox Arleo in Newark federal court to an information charging him with one count of violating the Federal Travel Act.

According to DOJ documents, in 2012, while Lawrynowicz was an employee of Stryker, Eugene Ostrovsky and two other individuals at Sanova LLC, sought a contract worth $5.5 million with Stryker. Lawrynowicz was in a position to make recommendations to others at Stryker related to the goods that Sanova sought to supply under the contract.

“Ostrovsky and the other individuals made illicit bribe payments to Lawrynowicz in exchange for his assistance in helping the technology company secure the contract with the medical device company. These payments included a cash payment of approximately $75,000 to Lawrynowicz after the contract between the two companies was signed.”

Sanova VP Pleads Guilty

In February, Ostrovsky, a vice president and partner at Sanova LLC, pleaded guilty to bribing Lawrynowicz in 2012 and 2013 to win the $5.5 million contract with Stryker. He was sentenced March 9 to six months in jail, six months of home confinement and two years of supervised release. Prosecutors said Ostrovsky will also forfeit $1.1 million.

Lawrynowicz’s LinkedIn page listed him as a 15-year Stryker employee who was senior director of advanced engineering, leading “a team of 41 engineers and scientists at the Mahwah, N.J. facility dedicated to supporting the Recon Business Units.”

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lists at least half a dozen patents filed by Daniel Lawrynowicz, of Monroe, along with others, between 2010 and 2013, while he worked for Howmedica Osteonics Corp., of Mahwah.

Jeanine Guilfoyle, a spokeswoman for Stryker, reportedly said the company would not comment on the case or Lawrynowicz’s employment at the company.

 

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