Former Mayo Clinic Tech Indicted by Feds for Re-Using Syringes

Steven Beumel, a former radiology technician at Memorial Hospital and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., has been indicted with five counts of tampering with a consumer product resulting in death or serious bodily injury and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, according to an FBI news release.

The indictment alleges that Mr. Beumel, before patients' procedures, injected himself with fentanyl and exposed patients to those syringes, which were contaminated with his own Hepatitis C virus. According to the indictment, five patients contracted the virus as a result of his used syringes. The indictment also alleges that one patient died as a result from his tampering.

If convicted on all counts, Mr. Beumel faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

Read the FBI news release about Mr. Steven Beumel.

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