Ex-Mayo Technician Pleads Guilty to 10 Crimes; Man, 48, Found to Be the Source of the Clinic's Hepatitis C Outbreak

By Browning, William | The Florida Times Union, May 12, 2012 | Go to article overview

Ex-Mayo Technician Pleads Guilty to 10 Crimes; Man, 48, Found to Be the Source of the Clinic's Hepatitis C Outbreak


Browning, William, The Florida Times Union


Byline: William Browning

A former radiology technician at the Mayo Clinic who caused a hepatitis C outbreak by swapping patients' syringes and led to one person's death has pleaded guilty to 10 crimes.

Steven Beumel of Orange Park was arrested a year ago after being indicted by a federal grand jury. He faced one count of tampering with a consumer product resulting in death, four counts of tampering with a consumer product resulting in serious injury and five counts of stealing fentanyl by deception.

The 48-year-old pleaded guilty Friday to all counts. He faces life in prison. A sentencing date has not been set, according to U.S. Attorney's Office.

Beumel, who is infected with hepatitis C, worked at the Mayo Clinic from 2004 to 2010. In federal court in Jacksonville, he admitted to stealing syringes of fentanyl during patients' procedures and replacing them with syringes of saline contaminated with hepatitis C. The acts occurred from 2006 to 2008, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The indictment says he injected himself with the painkillers and refilled the empty syringes with saline, spreading the disease even though he put new needles on the syringes given to patients. …

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