$18M seized from owners of Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at center of meningitis outbreak

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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.

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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.