WILKES-BARRE — A city woman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday with tampering with a bottle of children’s medication that was purchased by a consumer from the Rite Aid Pharmacy on East Northampton Street last year.
Federal prosecutors said Yolanda Holman, 35, of Waller Street, removed chewable children’s Advil tablets from its bottle and replaced the medicine with prescription pills and muscle relaxers on Aug. 23. Holman then had her daughter return the tampered bottle in order to retrieve her money.
Holman could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 when she is sentenced at a later date. She entered her guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick.
The tampered Advil bottle was purchased by a woman in early September for her daughter, who had an injured elbow. The mother opened the box in her car and thought it was odd that the tablets were shifting in the bottle.
It wasn’t until the mother arrived home she discovered the seal on the bottle was broken and two different types of pills were inside, neither of which were chewable Advil.
U.S. Assistant Attorney Michelle Olshefski said during the hearing that Holman admitted to switching the chewable tablets with muscle relaxers and other pills inside her home on Aug. 23.
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