Woman sentenced in tainted syringe case

February 24, 2009 5:53:45 PM PST
A suburban woman is one of two people sentenced to prison for sending syringes tainted with bacteria to Illinois and three other states.Prosecutors blame the tainted syringes for five deaths and hundreds of infections.

The tainted syringes were filled with heparin and saline which are use to flush intravenous lines. They were sent out from a plant in North Carolina.

Aniruddha Patel of Carpentersville was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to fraud in the case. She is the former plant manager.

Authorities believe the head of the company has fled the country.