A 49-year-old Jacksonville man was sentenced this week to 30 years in federal prison for intentionally spreading Hepatitis C at the Mayo Clinic’s Interventional Radiology Unit when he was radiology technician.
Steven Beumel admitted that he stole syringes of the pain killer Fentanyl during patients’ procedures and replaced them with syringes of saline contaminated with Hepatitis C from 2006 to 2008.
The clinic’s Hepatitis C outbreak prompted officials to test thousands of patients who may have been infected. Two patients were linked to Beumel, including one who died.
It took epidemiologists from the Mayo Clinic, Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control more than three years to solve the Hepatitis C outbreak and link it to Beumel.
He was immediately fired and law-enforcement officials were contacted.
Beumel pleaded guilty to these charges on May 11: one count of tampering with a consumer product resulting in death, four counts of tampering with a consumer product resulting in serious bodily injury and five counts of stealing Fentanyl by deception.
U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard sentenced Beumel on Monday.