(Scroll down for video) A crime lab chemist was arrested and charged after falsifying thousands of drug test results in order to get more suspects locked up in prison, according to prosecutors.
A Massachusetts grand jury on Monday, indicted the former state crime lab chemist on 24 new charges related to allegations that she falsified evidence during handling of drug samples linked to more than 34,000 cases in the laboratory.
Annie Dookhan, 34, was arrested and investigators said that they had identified 10,000 persons convicted or accused of crimes based on evidence that she had handled.
State officials said 236 people have already been released from prison pending further tests, as a result of the investigation.
Prosecutors said that she manipulated and falsified drug test results in the Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Boston, where she worked for nine years. She got the job by falsely claiming she had a masters degree in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts.
"Her alleged actions sent a ripple effect throughout the criminal justice system," Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said in a statement Monday. "We are committed to working with all stakeholders to resolve the situation and restore confidence in the criminal justice system."