LONDON, KY - A former EMS paramedic in Monticello, Ky., was sentenced to two years in prison for tampering with pain medication that belonged to the EMS.
U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove sentenced 49-year-old Susie Willis on Thursday for tampering with a consumer product.
In May of 2010, Willis admitted she broke the seal on at least two EMS vials containing a pain medication called fentanyl citrate. She withdrew the medicine for her own personal use and refilled the vials with saline solution. She resealed the vials with crazy glue.
Willis’ plea agreement says that saline solution could have caused extreme physical pain or impairment of bodily functions if administered to a patient instead of the intended fentanyl citrate.
Willis surrendered her EMT license in December of 2010.
Under federal law she must serve 85 percent of her prison sentence and will be on supervised release for three years following her prison term.
Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Antoinette V. Henry, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, Metro Washington Field Office, and Rodney C. Brewer, Kentucky State Police Commissioner jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations and the Kentucky State Police. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Lee Gentry.