Haverhill Nurse Pleads Guilty to Drug Tampering
BOSTON – A Haverhill licensed practical nurse pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court in Boston to drug tampering.
Lauren Perrin, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of tampering with a consumer product, specifically the Schedule II controlled substance morphine, which is used for pain relief. U.S. District Court Senior Judge Mark L. Wolf scheduled sentencing for Dec. 4, 2019. Perrin was charged in an Information in March 2019.
While working as a licensed practical nurse at Maplewood Care and Rehabilitation Center in Amesbury, Perrin tampered with three bottles of morphine sulfate prescribed to a hospice patient. In an attempt to avoid detection, she replaced the extracted medication with another liquid. Perrin’s tampering lowered the potency of the three bottles of morphine sulfate to only 4-29% of the intended potency.
The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling; Jeffrey Ebersole, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations; Phillip Coyne, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General; and Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elysa Wan of Lelling’s Health Care Fraud Unit is prosecuting the case.