Romania prosecutors probe car death tied to pharma scam

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Posted: May 23, 2016 10:38 AM
Romania prosecutors probe car death tied to pharma scam

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's general prosecutor's office on Monday ordered an investigation of a car crash fatality which has been connected to a high-profile pharmaceutical scam.

The person who was killed as the car slammed into a tree Sunday hasn't been identified, but police say they found identity documents in the car belonging to the CEO of the pharmaceutical company Hexi Pharma.

General Prosecutor Augustin Lazar said Dan Condrea, who heads Hexi Pharma, was due to be questioned Monday and would have been charged with aggravated fraud.

There were "very strong indications" that the dead man was Condrea, Lazar said, adding that an autopsy was being conducted.

Condrea's company was indicted this month on charges that disinfectants it provided to hospitals and Romania's troops in Afghanistan were highly diluted and ineffective, causing public outrage.

Later Monday, Condrea's partner, Uliana Ochinciuc, arrived at the forensics institute where the autopsy is taking place. Mediafax news agency quoted sources from the institute saying she had confirmed that the dead man was Condrea.

The general prosecutor's office said Monday it was coordinating an autopsy and a technical test on the car.