BEND, Ore. (AP) — A forensic scientist at the Oregon State Police crime labs has admitted stealing hundreds of pills from evidence submitted to the labs over two years.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 36-year-old Nika Larsen pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court to two counts of charges of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud and deception.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Larsen used her position to steal methamphetamine, morphine, and other drugs.
Oregon State Police launched an investigation in April 2015 after a forensic scientist in the Bend lab found 18 oxycodone pills were missing. Investigators found some pills were missing, partially missing or had been replaced with non-controlled substances — all in cases handled by Larsen.
The prosecution and defense are recommending Larsen receive a 3-year prison sentence when she’s sentenced in December.