Pharmacist arrested in nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak

A former employee of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that made tainted steroids blamed for the deaths of 64 people has been arrested at a Boston airport.

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BOSTON (AP/WKYT) - A former employee of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy that made tainted steroids blamed for the deaths of 64 people has been arrested at a Boston airport. Kentucky Circuit Court Judge Eddie Lovelace was among the first deaths reported when the outbreak surfaced. Carol Wetten, 71, of Todd County died in April 2013. Authorities said her death was linked to the tainted steroid injections as well.

Federal authorities say Glenn Adam Chin was arrested Thursday at Logan International Airport as he was about to board a flight for Hong Kong. He was a supervisory pharmacist at the New England Compounding Center, which has been blamed for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak caused by tainted steroids.

Chin was charged with mail fraud. Prosecutors say the charge is part of a larger criminal investigation. He is the first person to face criminal charges in the inquiry.

A federal grand jury in Boston has been investigating the center for the last two years.

In recent months, FBI agents have interviewed victims and their families.

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