Ex-Haitian government official commits suicideThursday, July 13, 2017
MIAMI, United States (CMC) — A former official in the Haiti government, Klaus Eberwein was found dead in a motel room here on Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the head.
According to police reports, Eberwein's body was discovered in a room at a Quality Inn hotel in South Dade.
The incident has been ruled a suicide by the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office.
Eberwein, 50, once served as director general of the Haitian government's economic development agency – a position he held from May 2012 until February 2015 when he was replaced.
The Miami Herald says Eberwein was also a partner in a popular pizza restaurant in Haiti, Muncheez.
“It's really shocking,” said Muncheez's owner Gilbert Bailly in an interview with the Miami Herald.
“We grew up together; he was like family.”
During and after his government tenure, Eberwein faced allegations of fraud and corruption on how the agency he headed administered funds.
He was scheduled to before the Haitian Senate's Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission on Tuesday – the commission is investigating the management of PetroCaribe funds, the money Haiti receives from Venezuela's discounted oil program.