Disgraced T&T-born US-based chemist Annie Dookhan, whose faulty testing of evidence out of a Boston lab led to widespread issues in the US criminal justice system, has been released from prison.
Her attorney told the Boston Herald Dookhan was freed last month.
Dookhan, who had worked at the Department of Public Health, pleaded guilty in November 2013 to charges, including perjury, evidence tampering and obstruction of justice for falsifying drug tests in criminal investigations.
She was sentenced to three to five years in prison.
Officials believed her actions may have affected up to 40,000 cases and the state set aside millions of dollars for defendants who would eventually challenge the drug evidence used in their convictions which may have passed through the lab from which she operated.
Several hundred people, colloquially known as "Dookhan defendants," have already had their convictions thrown out on appeal.
Nicolas Gordon, the attorney who represented her in court, said the decision to grant her parole was "entirely appropriate" given her lack of a prior criminal record.
"She is an extremely strong and resilient lady and she is adjusting back to normalcy now.
"Based on how well I know her, I'm very confident she's going to have a very bright future ahead of her," he added.
Gordon said Dookhan did not yet have her long-term plans settled.
"Whatever they are, I'm confident she's going to be a great success," he said.
At her sentencing, the judge detailed the "catastrophic" consequences of her actions.
"Innocent persons were incarcerated, guilty persons have been released to further endanger the public, millions and millions of public dollars are being expended to deal with the chaos Ms Dookhan created and the integrity of the criminal justice system has been shaken to the core," Judge Carol S Ball said in the ruling.