Investigation finds no illegal activity by ex-prison warden


State investigators say they haven’t found any evidence of illegal activity by Louisiana State Penitentiary’s longtime Warden following complaints that he directed subordinates to perform work at his Baton Rouge homes.

In a letter Tuesday, state Inspector General Stephen Street said his office and the state police investigated allegations that former warden Burl Cain instructed state Department of Corrections employees to work on his homes while they were being paid for working at the Angola prison.

Investigators also looked into claims that Cain ordered workers to drive his wife’s state-owned vehicle so it would appear that she was working when she wasn’t.

Street says investigators concluded the allegations “are not supported by available facts.”

Cain announced his resignation, effective Jan. 1, following newspaper reports about his private real estate dealings.

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