Pharmacist charged in COVID-19 vaccine case to plead guilty

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin pharmacist accused of trying to spoil dozens of vials of COVID-19 vaccine has agreed to plead guilty in federal court.

Forty-six-year-old Steven Brandenburg, of Grafton, is charged with two counts of attempting to tamper with consumer products.

He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years and a $250,000 fine on each count. Police arrested Brandenburg on Dec. 31 as part of an investigation into how 57 vials of the Moderna vaccine were left for hours outside a refrigerator at Advocate Aurora Health in Grafton, a Milwaukee suburb.

The vials contained enough vaccine to inoculate more than 500 people. Jason Baltz, Brandenburg’s attorney, declined to comment Tuesday to The Associated Press.

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