The man who allegedly caused last year's hepatitis C outbreak at Exeter Hospital is scheduled to plead guilty to multiple federal charges on Wednesday and will serve between 30 to 40 years in prison.
According to a plea agreement filed on Monday at U.S. District Court in Concord, David Kwiatkowski is going to plead guilty to seven counts of tampering with a consumer product and seven counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud.
In addition, Kwiatkowski will plead guilty in New Hampshire to “an Information” from the state of Kansas charging him with one count of tampering with a consumer product and one count of obtaining controlled substances by fraud.
“The parties agree that a sentence of no greater than 40 years of imprisonment and no less than 30 years of imprisonment is the appropriate disposition of this case,” the plea agreement states.
The agreement states that both sides are free to make recommendations with respect to fines, conditions on probation or supervised release and other penalties or sentencing requirements.
If the agreement is accepted by the court, Kwiatkowski's guilty plea will satisfy his criminal liability in Kansas, Maryland and Georgia, where he has also admitted to diverting drugs, the agreement states.
Kwiatkowski is accused of stealing syringes filled with fentanyl from Exeter Hospital and injecting himself. He then allegedly refilled the tainted syringes with saline and the tainted syringes were then used on patients
Kwiatkowski worked as a cardiac catheterization laboratory technician at Exeter Hospital, and the 32 confirmed hepatitis C cases prosecutors traced to him involve cardiac catheterization lab patients.
As a traveling technician, Kwiatkowski worked in at least 17 other hospitals in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Arizona, Kansas and Georgia from 2003 to 2011.
A total of 13 patients in Kansas and Maryland have confirmed hepatitis C infections connected to Kwiatkowski.
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