$18M seized from MA compounding pharmacy accounts

Funds were seized from 13 financial institutions

Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery speaks after U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, right, announced indictments of 14 owners and employees from the New England Compounding Center Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Boston. More than 750 people in 20 states were sickened, and 64 died after they contracted fungal meningitis and other illnesses in 2012 from tainted steroids made by the Framingham, Mass., company. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities have seized over $18 million from the owners of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak.

U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz said Tuesday that the funds were seized from 13 financial institutions.

About $16.8 million was frozen in accounts connected to Carla and Douglas Conigliaro, the majority shareholders at the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center in Framingham.

An additional $1.5 million was seized from accounts held by Barry Cadden, the company’s co-founder.

The Conigliaros have been charged with transferring assets following the nationwide outbreak, which was traced to tainted steroid injections that killed 64 people across the country.

Cadden faces 25 counts of second-degree murder and is among 14 former employees charged in connection with the outbreak. All have pleaded not guilty.

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