Drug company executive Barry Cadden, 50, the former president and co-founder of the New England Compounding Center (NECC), was convicted on Wednesday of racketeering and fraud for his part in allegedly producing contaminated medicine. He was acquitted, however, of more serious murder charges in the 2012 episode that resulted in outbreaks of deadly infections, including meningitis.
The mixed verdict returned in the trial found him guilty of racketeering and mail fraud but acquitted him on all 25 counts of second-degree murder. Cadden was accused a causing a public health crisis by producing drugs in unsanitary conditions and employing shady business practices.
The government projects that a total of 753 people across the U.S. were stricken with a slew of infections, including meningitis, after receiving injections of contaminated steroids produced by NECC. Of this population of infected people, 64 people eventually died. The prosecution played videos of Cadden telling employees not to be concerned worry about state health inspectors.
Investigators who visited the NECC facility claim to have found insects, unsanitary conditions and rusted equipment. Prosecutors claim that Cadden allegedly hatched a scheme to create fake lists of patients and using the names of people who were not customers.
This lists included Donald Trump, Calvin Klein and Jennifer Lopez. Possessing a client list meant that NECC would be deemed a pharmacy instead of a drug manufacturer, which have much stricter oversight and standards and associated costs
Mr. Cadden remains free on bail while awaiting his sentencing on June 21, 2017