A state drug prosecutor was secretly disciplined by Attorney General Michael Carpenter more than a year ago for lying during the federal investigation of District Attorney Janet Mills, a newspaper reported.
Assistant Attorney General Patricia Mador was suspended for three days without pay in February 1992 for lying about being forced to undergo a lie detector test, the Kennebec Journal said Wednesday.
Carpenter confirmed Mador’s suspension in response to a freedom of access request by the newspaper. Carpenter said his office had lost any written record of the suspension.
Mills was investigated by former U.S. Attorney Richard Cohen because of allegations that she had used illegal drugs.
Mador told Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson in January 1992 that federal authorities investigating charges against Mills had forced her to take a lie detector test.
Mills is district attorney in Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties.
Mador works under Anderson’s supervision as part of the state’s drug enforcement system.
Anderson complained about the test to federal authorities, who said the allegation was not true. Mador, a former friend of Mills, then admitted she had lied.
“We considered it to be serious. It went to the integrity of that whole (Mill’s) investigation,” Carpenter said. “But what happened here was totally irrelevant to the substance of the Janet Mills investigation as I know it.”
Mador, 38, was the first prosecutor from the attorney general’s criminal division in more than 20 years to be suspended for misconduct, said Deputy Attorney General Fernand LaRochelle.
“I made a mistake, I acknowledged that it was a mistake and I paid a penalty for that,” said Mador.
Mador said she was interviewed twice by federal authorities, once in late 1990 and later in early 1991. She said she told them she had no evidence of illegal drug use by Mills.