September 20, 2017
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Maine prison property sale voided


AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Attorney General William Schneider has voided the state’s sale of property near the former state prison in Thomaston to the prison warden.

The property was sold June 9 to Warden Patricia Barnhart and Sheehan Gallagher for $175,000, well below its $458,000 town-assessed value.

Schneider says the sale violates a law that says no one holding a position of trust in state government may have a financial interest in any contract made on behalf of the state. Schneider’s letter suggests that the parties involved begin discussions aimed at “unwinding” the sale.

Meanwhile, Gov. Paul LePage has issued an executive order telling the Department of Administrative and Financial Services to create internal policy guidance for sales of state-owned real estate.

Watch for more updates throughout the evening.


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