Indicted Ex-Director Of DOE Lab Found Dead In Pa.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A former National Energy Technology Laboratory director who'd been indicted by a grand jury has been found dead in Pennsylvania.

The Allegheny County medical examiner's office says Pittsburgh resident Anthony Cugini (koo-GHEE'-nee) was found Wednesday at the Wingfield Pines Conservation Area, just outside his hometown.

A determination of the cause of death is pending. Police say it may have been an accident.

A Pittsburgh grand jury indicted Cugini on obstruction of justice charges in November. He was accused of hindering an investigation into possible misuse of his position.

Cugini became the lab's director in 2010 and resigned in October. No reason was given for the resignation.

The lab is owned by the U.S. Department of Energy. It works to produce affordable energy and enhance energy security. It has research offices in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Oregon and Alaska.

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