Sterling Workers Sickened by Poisoned Coffee

A Sterling woman faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison if she is convicted of poisoning her former coworkers with tainted coffee.

According to the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, employees at a business in the 45000 block of Ocean Ct. in Sterling reported Oct. 13 that a former employee had poured a cleaning agent into the office coffeemaker over the course of several weeks. Several employees reported that they became sick.

Investigators on Friday charged Mayda E. Rivera-Juarez, 32, with felony assault-adulteration of food, drug, with intent. The class 3 felony is punishable with a sentence of 5 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

She was held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. A preliminary hearing in Loudoun County District Court is scheduled for Dec. 20.

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