Pletz death ruled suicide
Saturday, February 11, 2012
A medical examiner has ruled the death of a former Kansas City medical school president as a suicide.
Karen Pletz, former president of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, was found dead Nov. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/yuAS4H) that Darin Trelka, interim chief medical examiner of Broward County, ruled Friday that Pletz died of acute intoxication from a combination of drugs and alcohol.
Pletz, a former Jefferson City resident, led the osteopathic medical school for 14 years. In 2009, she was fired amid questions about her handling of the school's finances.
A federal grand jury indicted her last year, alleging she had embezzled more than $1.5 million from the medical school, engaged in money laundering and falsified tax returns. The charges were dismissed after her death.