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Federal grand jury indicts former DOE lab head for obstruction of justice

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Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, 6:18 p.m.
 

The former head of a Department of Energy research facility had other people lie to investigators and destroy or hide computer files and records to protect him during an agency investigation into his misuse of his office, prosecutors say.

A federal grand jury on Tuesday indicted Anthony Cugini, 54, of Upper St. Clair for obstruction of justice.

Cugini, until sometime in September, was director of the South Park-based National Energy Technology Lab, which also has sites in Morgantown, W.Va.; Sugar Land, Texas; Albany, Ore.; and Anchorage, Alaska.

The indictment said he tried to destroy evidence between Sept. 4 and Sept. 24.

Cugini, contacted at home, declined comment.

He became director of the lab in 2010. Dave Anna, a NETL spokesman, said he couldn't comment on Cugini's removal.

The lab has more than 1,500 employees at its five sites with an annual budget of $812 million. It also manages more than $1 billion in energy research projects.

Its research includes underground mine safety, fracking technology and air pollution controls.

Brian Bowling is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-325-4301 or bbowling@tribweb.com.

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