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Linc Merrill, head of the MaineHousing board’s audit committee.

The MaineHousing Board of Commissioners is investigating $7 million paid in no-bid contracts over seven years to just two computer consultants. And the computer systems are still not done. The Maine Wire was the first to report the story. See it here.

Treasurer Bruce Poliquin and MaineHousing Board of Commissioners members Linc Merrill, head of the board’s audit committee, and Peter Anastos, chair of the MaineHousing board, spoke at the State House on Wednesday, Oct. 3 about the federal investigation into MaineHousing’s failure to properly manage a housing assistance program under former executive director Dale McCormick.

The Office of the Inspector General at the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has recommended that MaineHousing return almost $200,000 paid for housing assistance in units that failed inspection. HUD is also questioning whether the $111,000 that MaineHousing spent on a computer program to administer the payments was appropriate.

See the Inspector General’s report here.

About Steve Robinson

Steve Robinson was the editor of The Maine Wire from 2013 through 2014. A native of Dexter, Maine, Robinson is a graduate of Bowdoin College, and is currently a Producer for The Howie Carr Show in Boston.

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Conley Raye says:

One gets the notion that all government is corrupt and needs to be reformed for this era.