TULSA, Okla.— Sara Nicole Hogsett, 26, plead guilty to Tampering with Consumer Products, announced Danny C. Williams Sr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma. United States District Court Judge James H. Payne will sentence Hogsett on April 26, 2017.
From April 2016 to May 2016, Hogsett, a paramedic, took pain medication: fentanyl, morphine and diazepam, from her assigned ambulances by removing the liquid drugs from their vials. Hogsett used the drugs on herself and replaced the removed liquid with saline solution. Agents from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confronted Hogsett about the vials and she admitted to the agents that she tampered with them.
"FDA oversees the U.S. supply of medicines to ensure that they are safe and effective, and those who knowingly tamper with medicines for patients put their health at risk," said Spencer E. Morrison, Special Agent in Charge, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations' Kansas City Field Office. "Our office will continue to pursue and bring to justice those who violate laws designed to protect the public health."
This case was investigated by the FDA. Assistant United States Attorney Neal C. Hong prosecuted the case.