Study Coordinator Falsified Clinical Trial Data
A man from Colorado is facing a maximum prison sentence of 20 years after admitting to falsifying clinical trial data.
Duniel Tejeda, formerly of Miami, Florida, acted outside the law while employed as both a project manager and a study coordinator for clinical drug trials at Tellus Clinical Research, a medical clinic based in Miami.
On Tuesday, the 35-year-old Canon City, Colorado, resident pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Robert Scola Jr. of the Southern District of Florida to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud.
As part of his plea agreement, Tejeda admitted that he entered into an arrangement with co-conspirators to deliberately distort data in medical records. The records that were manipulated by Tejeda were connected with clinical trials intended to evaluate a range of different medical conditions, including opioid dependency, irritable bowel syndrome and diabetic nephropathy.
In a statement released October 26, the Department of Justice's Office of Public Affairs said: "Among other things, Tejeda falsified data to make it appear as though subjects were participating in the trials when, in truth, they were not."
United States Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez for the Southern District of Florida said that