Thursday, June 30, 2016
Holiday Travel OK'd for NECC Defendant
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Another defendant in the criminal case stemming from the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak has been given permission to travel outside the state of Massachusetts.
Scott M. Connolly, who is awaiting trial on racketeering and mail fraud charges has been granted permission to travel to the state of New York for a July 4 family event.
The permission to travel from July 2-4 was approved this week by U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns.
Connolly is one of 14 former owners and employees of the New England Compounding Center who were indicted in late 2014 following a more than two year federal probe.
Connolly, like the other defendants, has entered a not guilty plea. He is scheduled to go to trial in September.
NECC has been blamed for the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened 778 patients, killing 77 of them.
Stearns also recently granted permission to two other NECC defendants, Carla and Douglas Conigliaro, to travel to Connecticut with their son for a sports camp at Yale University.
Connolly's motion to travel was not opposed by federal officials.
Connolly, Massachusetts records show, had surrendered his pharmacist technician license in 2008 after admitting that he had violated laws and regulations by shipping drugs to another state. He later tried to have his license restored, but the state Board of Pharmacy never granted his request.