The public is hereby notified that Annie Dookhan who is an immigrant from the country of Trinidad and Tobago is to be seen a Trinidad and Tobago Reject and will not be wanted again by her own people in Trinidad and Tobago for her deceitfulness, deception, and lies which have put her country of origin in a very shocking and a very embarassing position. Here are two stories that prove this. The first is from The Boston Globe:
Annie Dookhan pursued renown along a path of lies
Finally found fame, as scandal engulfed the state drug lab
By Sally Jacobs | Globe Staff
February 03, 2013
Annie Dookhan, at the center of the state drug lab scandal, has a trail
of deceptions, large and small, that goes goes back many years. Dookhan,
who has pleaded not guilty to all but one of the 27 charges on which
she has been indicted, may go down as one of the most prolific liars in
public life. [continued below]....
..... Her actions have not only raised questions about the
reliability of evidence used in 34,000 criminal cases, but have already
resulted in the release of 286 offenders, some of whom are drug dealers,
to communities throughout Massachusetts.
The second is from Yahoo News
For Mass. lab chemist, an unlikely road to scandal
By BRIDGET MURPHY and DENISE LAVOIE | Associated Press Sat, Oct 13, 2012
BOSTON (AP) As a girl and young woman, Annie Dookhan
was quiet, unassuming, not one to wear makeup. She was charming but
stood out more for her dedication to her studies, and by all accounts
seemed headed for success.
The only child of hard-working immigrant parents, she enjoyed their
pride as she glided through a prestigious Boston prep school, graduated
from college with a degree in biochemistry and appeared to be on a track
to medical school.
Now, as she takes center stage in a shocking scandal that has sent
the Massachusetts legal system into a tailspin, those familiar with her
from school and work are struggling to reconcile the Annie Dookhan they
knew with the chemist accused of falsifying criminal drug tests.
"I find it hard to believe that
she was an individual who decided to falsify lab results ... that she
would turn into someone who did something like that. ... That isn't the
person I remember," said John Warner,
an instructor who gave her A's and A-minuses in 2000 when she took his
biochemistry class as a senior at the University of
"Obviously, things can happen to people," he said. "Either something
happened in her life that changed the person that she is, or this is a
Dookhan's struggle with both personal and professional problems in
2009 including a miscarriage and a legal ruling that put new pressures
on chemists at the lab may help offer an explanation, one former
"Perhaps she was trying to be important by being the go-to person,"
Elizabeth O'Brien told state police, who shut down the lab in August
after discovering the extent of Dookhan's alleged mishandling of drug
samples sent to the lab by local police departments.
In her own interview with police, Dookhan said she had not tested all
the drugs she claimed she did, forged initials of her co-workers, and
sometimes mixed drug samples to cover her tracks.
"I messed up bad; it's my fault. I don't want the lab to get in trouble," she said, according to a state police report.
She faces as many as 20 years in prison on obstruction of justice
charges. More than two dozen drug defendants are already back on the
streets as authorities scramble to figure out how to handle the cases of
more than 1,100 inmates whose cases Dookhan handled.
State police say Dookhan tested more than 60,000 drug samples involving 34,000 defendants during her nine years at Hinton State Laboratory Institute in Boston.
Until recently, she had a reputation for diligence and hard work.
Born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Dookhan moved to the United States
with her parents as a child and spent part of her youth in a
working-class neighborhood in Stoughton, about 20 miles south of Boston.
She later became a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Neighbors knew Dookhan, then Annie Khan, as a quiet teenager whose parents liked to share stories of her academic success.
"She seemed like an overachieving sort of kid," said Frank Clark, who lived down the street in the 1990s.
Clark's elderly mother also lived on the Khans' block, and Annie's
father would mow her lawn and shovel snow from her sidewalk, without
ever asking for thanks.
"They really were a nice family," Clark said.
In 1990, Dookhan started seventh grade at the elite Boston Latin
Academy, the country's first college preparatory school for girls; now
co-ed, it requires students to pass an entrance exam to enroll. Her
father ran a handyman business in the same section of the city.
She enrolled in 1996 at Regis College, studying there for two years
before attending UMass-Boston. As a biochemistry major, her face was
familiar to other students who would come across her in the lab.
Nicole Lee, a biochemistry major who graduated with Dookhan in 2001,
said her classmate was quiet and "a normal, sort of nerdy student."
Dookhan wore eyeglasses, didn't wear makeup and usually tied back her
long, dark hair. While she had a feminine and charming manner, Lee
said, it wasn't enough to make her really stand out.
"She wasn't really noticed, but you know her. Just good enough to
know her and recognize her," Lee said. "I'm really surprised she's sort
of related to this crime."
At UMass, Dookhan got top grades in Warner's biochemistry class
during her senior year. He called her hardworking, quiet, smart and
determined. He believed Dookhan had aspirations for medical school, and
the college's 2001 yearbook shows her as a member of the Pre-Med Society
and the Chemistry Club.
"Everyone is shocked," Warner said. "We can't believe it."
The year after she started working at the Hinton lab, she married Surrendranath Dookhan,
a software engineer also born in Trinidad. They bought a house in
Franklin, about 40 miles southwest of Boston, and had a son together in
2006. Branden Dookhan turned 6 this month.
Authorities so far can't find a motive for Dookhan's actions other
than she wanted to be seen as a good worker, state Attorney General
Martha Coakley has said.
But being a good worker became more complicated at the Hinton lab a few years back.
In 2009, a U.S. Supreme Court decision known as Melendez-Diaz grew
out of a Boston drug case that said defendants had the right to
cross-examine chemists in court who had prepared prosecution reports
The decision meant chemists, including Dookhan, had to spend more
time in court and less in the lab to keep up with the demands of the
"Annie was going through personal problems, then court, and
Melendez-Diaz was tough at first on her. In 2009, she had a miscarriage
and other personal problems," O'Brien, the co-worker, told state police.
Dookhan already had a reputation as the most productive chemist at
the lab, logging such a high volume of samples that colleagues started
questioning her work about four years ago.
In 2010, supervisors did a paperwork audit of her work but didn't retest any of her samples. They didn't find problems.
Dookhan had to send a resume to prosecutors whenever she testified in
criminal cases. In 2010, O'Brien caught Dookhan padding her resume by
claiming she had a master's degree in chemistry from the University of
Massachusetts. She took it off her resume but later put it back on,
O'Brien told police.
In August, another Hinton chemist told investigators her own monthly
sample testing volume dropped from about 400 to 200 after Melendez-Diaz,
but talk around the lab was that Dookhan was testing 800 a month.
Another colleague wondered in a police interview whether Dookhan had a mental breakdown.
Dookhan told investigators she was in the process of a long divorce,
but there is no record of any divorce complaint filed at the Norfolk
Probate and Family Court. She said she wanted to get her work done and
never meant to hurt anyone.
After her March 2012 resignation, while facing an internal department
probe, Dookhan told a fellow chemist she used to join for after-work
drinks that she didn't want to get her in trouble, too. She told the
woman not to call her anymore and to delete all her emails, text
messages and records of their phone calls.
A man who worked with Dookhan at Mass Biologics in Boston for a
couple years after her college graduation, Aaron Weagle, said she was a
pleasant and friendly colleague and not the type of person to fabricate
Dookhan's job then was to perform identification tests on raw
materials, what Weagle said amounted to basic chemistry, and was nearly
as technical as her work at Hinton. He saw no warning signs,
professionally or personally, that Dookhan was heading for disaster.
"She didn't make up stories to make people like her more. I never saw that," he said.
The chemist he has read about in news on the lab scandal seems like a different person.
"I cannot rectify it," he said, "with the woman I know."
The purpose ofcoming to the United States was ultimately for a better life which she squandered and wasted it by her irresponsible actions. Therefore, it is the right of her own former country to label Annie Dookhan as: A Trinidad and Tobago Reject which she rightfully deserves.