By Tim Devaney - 09/04/14 01:40 PM EDT
Federal agents arrested a pharmacist Thursday for participating in a scheme that spread a deadly strand of fungal meningitis to more than 200 people, killing 15 of them.
The Justice Department alleges that, as the supervising pharmacist at New England Compounding Center, Glenn Adam Chin intentionally mislabeled a tainted a batch of medication in the fall of 2012, causing doctors to unknowingly inject it into hundreds of patients, many of whom contracted fungal meningitis.
Chin faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted.
"Although the criminal investigation of Chin and others is on-going, the U.S. Attorney's Office charged and arrested Chin today after federal authorities learned that he was planning to leave the country on an international flight that was scheduled to depart this morning," the Justice Department wrote in a statement.