Here we go again…
With the seemingly obvious going unsaid. But the death of embattled former Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences head Karen Pletz would appear to be a suicide. The 64-year-old one-time civic leader was found dead in a Fort Lauderdale residence. Ft. Lauderdale police say no foul play was involved and that they are waiting to hear from the medical examiner.
Those full results, however, are not expected to be available for two to three months, says Broward County chief medical examiner Darin Trelka. Trelka declined to say whether Pletz left a note or address the issue of whether it appears to be a suicide.
However, one or both of the above would appear to be the case given that police say there was no apparent foul play and the medical examiner’s office is not making any efforts to expedite the examination.
This much is clear; Pletz was up to her eyelashes in civil and criminal court tribulations that at the least would result in years of expensive litigation and likely some serious slam time. There’s little doubt, based on the preliminary findings of a grand jury, the FBI and the hospital that Pletz had engaged in a series of embezzlement schemes that included ripping off the university, money laundering and tax fraud.
To the tune of bilking the university out of more than $1.5 million alone.
Money that was used in part on extravagances and to visit her parents in Ft. Lauderdale where she was found dead shotly after midnight this morning. Gone were her Lexus automobile and condo. Her bank assets were frozen – all seized as forfeitures. That after she was forced out of the university two years ago next month.
"Mrs. Pletz made a terrible error in judgment and no doubt will suffer for it," commented Kenneth D. Duff the retired Director of Physical Facilities on a local last month. "However, I must wish her my best wishes and want her to know that I for one do appreciate all of the good things that she did for the University of Health Sciences."