Woman convicted in vaccine scheme heads to prison

August 17, 2009 3:15:05 PM PDT
A Houston woman who was convicted back in 2007 for her role in distributing fake flu vaccine will head to federal prison. In the summer and fall of 2005, more than 1,100 Exxon workers, dozens of senior citizens at local residence homes and other local citizens received shots of what was eventually determined by the FDA to be not legitimate flu vaccine.

Gonzales, 52, was charged for her involvement, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years probation and fined $5,000. But Gonzales was re-arrested last month after violating terms of her probation.

According to U.S. Attorney Tim Johnson, Gonzales admitted she has committed three felonies for which she has been convicted, all in Liberty County, including two charges for forging checks from a local business in June 2008 and stealing four night deposits from an area restaurant in October and November 2008. She also admitted failing to report to her federal probation officer for nearly a year and failing to alert probation that she had changed addresses.

Gonzales has been in federal custody since her July arrest without bond.

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