Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Inspector General Joseph Fisch teamed up again today to release its second report about alleged misconduct at the state prison system’s food operations department, finding that private vendors were allowed to bankroll office parties and meals for state employees and procurement laws were repeatedly skirted.
The report is the second from DiNapoli and Fisch on problems at the state Department of Correctional Services, again focusing on Howard Dean, the former director of the Food Production Center.
“Dean’s misconduct was blatant, and the only thing missing from advertising his misbehavior was neon lights,” Fisch said.
The initial report last April claimed that for 17 years Dean falsified hotel invoices, collected travel reimbursements and submitted false timesheets — and never worked on a Friday for 17 years.
Today’s report alleged that Dean orchestrated all sorts of deals with vendors out of the Rome headquarters, including “solicited free food and donations from vendors for an annual Christmas party and a three-day-long annual picnic.”
The full report is below, along with the agency’s response, which took blame for poor oversight and said it has since improved its operations.
Dean retired in 2008. The case has been referred to the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office.