2nd particular person arrested in investigation into Maine corrections official accused of taking kickbacks

AUGUSTA, Maine — A second arrest has been made within the investigation right into a Maine corrections official accused of steering purchases to sure distributors in alternate for kickbacks in a long-running scheme, officers stated.

Melanie Ann Excessive, who was arrested Thursday in Florida, is accused of utilizing kickbacks to induce Gerald E. Merrill, deputy superintendent on the Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston and Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport, to make repeated purchases from firms she managed, in keeping with court docket information.

Excessive, 67, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was being held with out bail Friday at a jail in Broward County, Florida, on Maine fees of theft by unauthorized taking and bribery in official and political issues, in keeping with information.