- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An official says the state Inspector General’s Office has begun a criminal investigation of the Louisiana State Penitentiary’s outgoing warden, Burl Cain.

Chief investigator Greg Phares tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1YnVSFu ) that he cannot give any details, but the office is not currently accusing Cain of wrongdoing. He also said that the investigators are not looking at real estate deals described by the newspaper.

The legislative auditor and the Department of Public Safety and Corrections are investigating whether the real estate deals violated corrections department rules.

The newspaper says the deals involved family or friends of two inmates who were given favorable treatment, and appear to violate a rule against “nonprofessional relationships with offenders or with offenders’ families or friends.”

Cain has denied illegal or unethical conduct.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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