NEW YORK Aug 19 Deloitte LLP said Sunday that
the suicide of a New York accountant was unrelated to work for
British bank Standard Chartered Plc.
Daniel Pirron, 57, was found dead of a gunshot to the head
on Aug. 13 after a passerby noticed the body in a Fairfield,
Connecticut parking lot, a Fairfield Police spokeswoman said
Sunday. A .38-caliber handgun, found near his body, was
registered to Pirron.
Pirron worked as an accountant in the general counsel's
office of Deloitte in New York City. In the wake of the death,
The Telegraph newspaper in London suggested there was a link
between Pirron's death and Deloitte's work for Standard
Chartered, which drew the scrutiny of New York's banking
Standard Chartered on Aug. 14 settled with the New York
Department of Financial Services for $340 million after an
inquiry into the bank's transactions tied to Iran. That inquiry
had questioned work Deloitte had done for the bank. Deloitte has
said its work was proper.
In a statement, a Deloitte spokesman on Sunday said, "Dan
was a highly respected member of our office of general counsel
who made many contributions to our firm. However, Dan was not
involved in any way on our work for Standard Chartered Bank.
Our thoughts are with his family at this very difficult time."
In an interview, Daniel Pirron's older brother, Michael,
said Daniel had shown no sign he was considering suicide and
that the timing of his brother's death raised questions as to
whether it was related to work for Deloitte.
Michael Pirron said he didn't know specifically the cases
his brother was handling for Deloitte. Michael Pirron said his
brother was the main financial supporter for two daughters who
are approximately 22 and 24 years old. "He loved his work,"
Michael Pirron said.