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Hospital worker accused of spreading hepatitis C

May 24, 2011
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

JACKSONVILLE (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a former radiology technician at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic injected himself with a painkiller meant for patients and infected some of them with Hepatitis C in the process.

The U.S. Attorney's Office announced the unsealing of a grand jury indictment Tuesday charging 48-year-old Steven Beumel. He could face life in prison if he is convicted on all 10 counts.

The indictment said Beumel injected himself with painkiller Fentanyl in 2006 and 2007, contaminating the syringes with Hepatitis C before substituting a saline solution. Prosecutors say five patients contracted the virus, and one died.

Beumel acknowledged to detectives that he was addicted to Fentanyl and had taken drugs from work. But his attorney said he was unaware he had Hepatitis C.



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