Dirty needles give patients hepatitis C
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David Kwiatkowski was fired from an Arizona hospital for allegedly using drugs

He's arrested two years later, accuse of infecting dozens with hepatitis C in New Hampshire

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists notes a lack of charges in the Arizona case

The group says it "did not have first-hand evidence supporting action against him" in 2010

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A radiologic technologists’ association didn’t punish David Kwiatkowski – later accused of infecting dozens with hepatitis C – when he was fired in 2010 from an Arizona hospital because it “did not have first-hand evidence” against him to warrant such a move, the group said Monday.

The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists said it suspended Kwiatkowski on July 24 after he was charged in federal court with obtaining controlled substances by fraud and tampering with a consumer product, namely a hospital syringe, in New Hampshire, according to an affidavit. He is suspected of stealing fentanyl, a powerful narcotic frequently used in hospitals, the affidavit said.

Authorities accuse him of stealing drugs from Exeter Hospital, and it’s believed he infected 30 people in New Hampshire with hepatitis C through infected syringes.

“The filing of federal criminal charges in New Hampshire was the first information ARRT received about Mr. Kwiatkowski that met the standard of evidence enabling the organization to remove his ARRT credential,” the registry said in a statement.

Did registry know accused man was earlier fired?

It was not the first time Kwiatkowski had run into trouble.