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Plea deal shines light on scope of worker’s crimes

N.H. hospital worker had jobs in 8 states before being caught in Hepatitis C outbreak

CONCORD, N.H. — David M. Kwiatkowski’s hospital colleagues often thought of him as an upbeat, athletic co-worker. But for more than a decade, he hid a dangerous drug-stealing tactic that spanned eight states and infected dozens with Hepatitis C, court documents say.

According to a plea agreement filed Tuesday, Kwiatkowski hopped from job to job as a traveling technician, often working in cardiac catheterization labs where he routinely stole syringes loaded with narcotics. He replaced them with syringes he had already used and refilled with saline solution — and that he had contaminated with the potentially lethal virus he acquired during years of drug abuse.

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