February 8, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Authorities investigating the activities of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, who is accused of the murder of viable infants born alive in his Philadelphia clinic, are also putting together the pieces of his corrupt financial practices, according to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday.
The grand jury report revealed that Gosnell brought in $1.8 million a year in his Philadelphia clinic, where he allegedly severed the spines of possibly “hundreds” of newborns, some of whose remains he kept in glass jars in his clinic.
In addition to the income from his abortion business, he allegedly also made money by selling illegal prescriptions to drug addicts. Investigators are now trying to figure out exactly how much he made, and where it all went.
According to the grand jury report, a search of Gosnell’s Philadelphia home uncovered $240,000 in cash and a gun hidden in a filing cabinet in his 12-year-old daughter’s bedroom.
Other than that, his income appears to be unaccounted for except for his assets and real estate investments.
“The money’s unaccounted for,” District Attorney Joanne Pescatore told the Inquirer. “The only thing we know about is the money taken out of the house.”
According to the Inquirer report, Gosnell and his wife own seventeen properties, a motorboat, a Dodge Durango, a Ford F-150 pickup truck and a Ford Expedition.
Despite these assets, Gosnell now claims to be broke, and has requested a court-appointed attorney, a request which was refused.
One thing investigators do know: the money did not go towards improving the conditions of his facility, where according to the grand jury report, he reused disposable medical supplies, allowed his outdated, unsterilized equipment to rust and maintained an unqualified, underpaid staff who often received their wages in cash.
One notable exception to Gosnell’s treatment of his employees was 28-year-old Jennifer Leach, who told the Grand Jury that she had “a fling” with Gosnell that was “on and off for a couple of years.”
Leach testified that she was paid $300 a week to provide “psycho-social counseling” to patients one day a week, but admitted that she rarely showed up for work. She had no professional training as a counselor.
Adding to this shady financial picture, Gosnell also has an outstanding tax debt totaling over $27,000, between city, state and federal taxes. Some of his unpaid taxes date back as far as 1984, according to the Inquirer.