FARMINGTON, Connecticut. – The University of Connecticut announced Thursday that it has recovered more than $ 50,000 has been paid to a slain researcher, while they thought that he was working from home.
Police checking on the welfare of Dr. Pierluigi Bigazzi, a professor in a laboratory science and pathology at UConn Health, found his body on Feb. 5 wrapped in plastic in the house that he shared with his wife.
The university said Linda Kosuda Bigazzi, who is charged with the murder, but says it was self-defense, has returned $50,040.85 paid to her husband between Aug. 4 and Jan. 18. The date of the 84-year-old doctor death has not been released.
UConn said it would seek further compensation if it is determined that Dr. Bigazzi, who police say was beaten to death, died earlier.
The university did not suspect that anything was wrong until February even though months passed without Bigazzi appear on the campus or responding to phone calls or e-mails. Bigazzi last taught in the course of the spring 2017 semester and it was the intention to work on projects that included updating the medical school curriculum of academic and educational materials.
UConn released in a spreadsheet, at the request of the President Susan Herbst, that gives an accounting of all full-time teachers at UConn Health, including where they work, what they do and when they were last contacted.
Herbst also sent a memo to UConn Health deans and department heads reminding them of their duty to monitor the productivity of the faculty members and to ensure that their work meets the university standards.
“We expect that each of you always know where your faculty members are working and what kind of work they are doing,” she said.
The doctor is a woman, a 70-year-old scientist, who worked with him. She wrote in his diary that the killing was self-defense, according to an arrest warrant.