Panel to probe state land sale to prison warden

Posted July 19, 2011, at 6 a.m.
Last modified July 19, 2011, at 9:15 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The state agency that led a probe of Maine Turnpike financing now may be asked to look into the state’s sale of property in Thomaston to the Maine State Prison warden.

On Tuesday, the Legislature’s Government Oversight Committee meets in Augusta.

Its agenda includes a request for a review by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability, which conducts independent performance audits of state government programs and activities. An earlier probe by that office turned up financial irregularities in turnpike finances and administration.

The land sale review comes a week after the state attorney general said the sale of the three-parcel property to Warden Patricia Barnhart and her partner violated state law. It was sold for $283,000 less than its town-assessed value.