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TEWKSBURY — Kathleen Nofte, a Tewksbury resident and former nurse at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Cen­ter, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston last Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Nofte was arrested and charged in Sep­tember with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge, and one count of tampering with a consumer pro­duct.

Prior to her arrest, Nofte was a nurse in the hospice unit of the Veterans Affairs Me­di­cal Center in Bed­ford. The specific in­stance in question occurred between the dates of Jan. 13-15, 2017. Nofte was ac­cused of taking morphine intended for dy­ing veterans. In order to take the morphine, she allegedly diluted it with water, giving the diluted mixture to the veterans under her care while ingesting the leftover drugs herself.

Nofte admitted to di­luting and ingesting the drugs intended for patients to federal agents, admitting that she diluted and in­gested drugs intended for patients. This ad­mission contradicts her previous denial of the charges, saying that any excess drugs were a result of carelessness.

For the charge of tampering with a consumer product, Nofte faces up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000. For the charge of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, and subterfuge, she faces up to four years in prison, one year of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.

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