PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The agency that oversees the Maine Turnpike says it’s going to sue its former executive director to recover turnpike funds he allegedly spent on himself.

The Maine Turnpike Authority’s interim director, Peter Mills, says a complaint against Paul Violette could be filed as soon as Tuesday.

Violette resigned in March following reports of lavish spending and purchases of more than $160,000 on gift cards and certificates for upscale hotels, restaurants and other places. The attorney general’s office is conducting a criminal investigation.

Violette’s attorney, Peter DeTroy, tells the Portland Press Herald he’s not surprised the authority would file a civil lawsuit. He says there’s a lot of political pressure to pursue something publicly.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com


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