August 1, 2017: Radford Nurse Who Tampered with Liquid Morphine Intended for Nursing Home Patients Sentenced in Federal Court
Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A former nurse, who previously pled guilty to tampering with a consumer product, was sentenced today in the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia in Abingdon, Acting United States Attorney Rick A. Mountcastle announced.
Christina Lovern Calloway, 40, of Radford, Virginia, was sentenced today to imprisonment for a term of 48 months. Calloway previously pled guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product.
Calloway, while working as a nurse in a nursing home, diverted liquid morphine intended for patients to her own use. The defendant, on more than one occasion, took some of the liquid morphine from a bottle and used it herself. She then used tap water to refill the bottle in an attempt to hide her crime. The diluted morphine was then administered to patients.
Assistant United States Attorney Randy Ramseyer prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States. The case was investigated by the United States Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations and the Virginia State Police.