December 04, 2011 7:02pm PT by THR Staff
Real-Life 'Breaking Bad': Math Professor Accused of Running Meth Lab in Boston
It seems there is a real-life version of Walter White living among us.
A college professor in Boston has been accused of running a meth lab out of her home alongside her 29-year-old son.
Irina Kristy, 75, who has taught math for more than 20 years at two Boston universities, will be arraigned Dec. 21 on charges of “distribution of meth, conspiracy to violate the drug law and drug violation in a school zone," according to the Boston Globe.
Her son, Grigory Genkin, pleaded guilty to the same charges Nov. 14, the same day a summons was filed against Kristy. Genkin, who turned himself in to authorities, was ordered to be held on $1,000 cash bail. He is due back in court Dec. 20.
Kristy, who declined to comment to the Globe, teaches full-time at Boston University. She was put on administrative leave at Suffolk University, where she is an adjunct profesor, last week.
Kristy and Genkin live about 500 feet from City Hall and an elementary school. Their home was searched Nov. 7 by investigators from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, and “a large amount of materials believed to be hazardous’’ were removed from the residence, police said last month.
The real-life case echoes the plot line of AMC's Breaking Bad, in which Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a high school chemistry and father of two who learns he has inoperable lung cancer and begins cooking crystal meth with a former student (Aaron Paul) in an effort to secure his family's financial future. Cranston has won three Emmys for the role.
Meanwhile, despite his life being in danger due to his illegal activities, Walter White remains a free man.