HAVERHILL, Mass. (AP) - A Haverhill woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges of filling an empty cough syrup bottle with liquid dish soap and returning it to a city drug store.
The bottle was subsequently bought and used by someone else.
Rebecca DeStefano pleaded guilty Thursday in return for a recommendation by the U.S. attorney's office of one year probation, a $250 fine and a mandatory $100 special assessment. She could still face more severe penalties at sentencing.
Federal authorities say the 26-year-old woman was given the over-the-counter medicine by a relative in October. She then allegedly returned the bottle and other items to a different branch of the same drug store and was given a $26 refund.
Prosecutors say they recommended a light sentence because of DeStefano's "prompt acceptance of responsibility."
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