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Sturgis Nurse Charged with Tampering with Consumer Products

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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Michigan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 1, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN - Alison Marshall, 46, of Sturgis, Michigan, has been charged by a federal grand jury with tampering with a consumer product, United States Attorney Andrew Birge announced today. Special Agent in Charge Lynda Burdelik, from the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations, joined the announcement.

According to the indictment, while working as a registered nurse in the interventional radiology unit of a hospital in July and August of 2020, Marshall tampered with bottles of fentanyl by removing the fentanyl from the vials with a syringe and replacing it with another liquid, knowing that the diluted fentanyl was to be dispensed to patients. The indictment does not include other details of the offense.

The tampering offense is punishable by up to ten years in prison. If Marshall is convicted, a federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Topic(s): 
Health Care Fraud
Component(s): 
USAO - Michigan, Western 

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