- Associated Press - Friday, October 2, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware’s former chief medical examiner has been sentenced to 11 months probation and 500 hours community service for misusing state resources in running a private consulting business.

Richard Callery, fired last year amid an evidence-tampering scandal in Delaware’s drug testing lab, was sentenced Friday. He pleaded no contest in June to two misdemeanor counts of official misconduct, each carrying a maximum penalty of one year in prison.

Callery also reimbursed the state $100,000 and agreed to a suspension of his medical license.

The evidence-tampering scandal resulted in the arrests of two state employees and prompted dismissals or plea bargains in scores of drug cases. It also led lawmakers to abolish Callery’s office and replace it with a new forensic science division under the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.


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