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Kansas researcher spared prison in conspiracy case

March 23, 2012, 10:17 a.m. Updated March 23, 2012, 2:43 p.m.

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— A Kansas nurse who admitted conspiring to falsify test data on a clinical trial of an allergy medicine will be spared prison time.

The U.S. attorney's office says 49-year-old Lisa Sharp, of Olathe, was sentenced Friday to one year of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution of $36,046. Her co-defendant, Dr. Wayne Spencer, received the same sentence earlier this month.

Sharp was the lead research coordinator in the 2010 clinical trial. She pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to defraud and failing to maintain records in a clinical trial as required by the Food and Drug Administration.

Sharp and Spencer worked for Lee Research Institute, which was paid by Schering-Plough to conduct the trial.

Sharp's lawyer requested leniency, saying his client showed "a momentary lapse in judgment."

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