State auditors say the agency that oversees Maryland's prisons structured a multimillion-dollar 2012 contract for commissary services in a way that stifled competition and limited the bidding to a single company.
The actions described in a recent report by the Office of Legislative Audits occurred under the previous administration.
The Board of Public Works approved the contract for Keefe Commissary Network of Edison, N.J., in 2012. The deal was structured in a complex way that made it difficult to put a value on the overall deal, auditors said. But they said it was estimated that it would bring in almost $16 million in revenue for the state over a five-year period.