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Bluff City woman pleads guilty to false claims about a relative poisoning Tropicana products

July 23rd, 2014 5:00 am by Matthew Lane

Bluff City woman pleads guilty to false claims about a relative poisoning Tropicana products

KINGSPORT — A 52-year-old Bluff City woman with a history of stalking has admitted to making false claims about a relative poisoning a bottle of Tropicana juice.

Elizabeth Ann Carrier was indicted in U.S. District Court in Greeneville in July 2013. The one-count indictment charges her with falsely communicating reports of consumer tampering. On Tuesday, Carrier agreed to plead guilty to the charge and will formally enter the plea next Monday.

The offense carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

According to the plea agreement, in June 2013, Carrier called Tropicana Products and false reported a relative by marriage had poisoned some of the company's products. Carrier claimed the person had put either bug spray or rat poison into the drinks over a several week period.

"Somebody is sneaking poison. He is very smart, sneaking poison. He has lots of money, very savvy, technologically smart," Carrier told Tropicana, according to the indictment. "He is putting in trace amounts of poison in Tropicana and Quaker products."

Prosecutors say in the indictment if the tainting had occurred, it would have created a risk of death or bodily injury to another person.

Carrier was detained by federal authorities for several months, but has since been released on her own recognizance pending sentencing.

In 2011, Carrier was arrested by the Johnson City Police Department on charges that she tried to force her way into the home of an Overlook Court resident she had stalked in the past. At that time, she was charged with especially aggravated stalking and attempted aggravated burglary.

Two years prior, Carrier was arrested and convicted of aggravated stalking after repeated, unwanted contact with the Overlook resident.

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