News Release
September 25, 2009
Contact: Mike Turner
Number: (720) 895-4214

Former Rose Medical Technician Kristen Parker Pleads Guilty to Product Tampering and Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Deceit

SEP 25 -- DENVER – Former Rose Medical Center surgery technician Kristen Parker pled guilty this afternoon before U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn. She is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Blackburn on December 11, 2009 at 3:30pm.

Parker pled guilty to five counts of product tampering and five counts of obtaining a controlled substance by deceit. According to the plea agreement, she faces a stipulated 240 months (20 years) in federal prison for her criminal conduct.

Jeffrey D. Sweetin, Special Agent in Charge of the Denver Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said, "The guilty plea today by Kristen Parker brings an end to a story that captured the attention of many in the state of Colorado. I hope, however, that this investigation will start a new awareness and discussion in our state of how the abuse of drugs by a few can affect all of us."

United States Attorney David Gaouette said, “Today’s plea agreement should reassure victims that the criminal justice system represents their interests.”

This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the FDA Office of Criminal Investigations, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jaime Pena.