State Police Executes Search Warrants on 2 Properties Owned by Former Gubernatorial Candidate Eliot Cutler

Maine State Police executed search warrants Wednesday morning at two properties owned by distinguished lawyer, politician and former gubernatorial candidate Eliot R. Cutler.

Eliot Cutler Joe Phelan / Kennebec Journal

Maine Division of Public Security spokeswoman Shannon Moss confirmed in an electronic mail that state police executed the warrants at 84 Pine St. in Portland and 523 Nascag Level Highway in Brooklyn, Hancock County. Each are owned by Cutler and his spouse, Melanie, in response to tax information in Portland and Brooklyn.

Moss mentioned she might solely affirm the addresses focused by police, not who lived within the houses or what induced the search warrant. The police had not registered any case until Wednesday.

“I can affirm {that a} two-month investigation has prompted Maine State Police to execute search warrants at two totally different places on the morning of Wednesday, March 23,” Moss mentioned. “The residences are situated at 84 Pine St. in Portland and 523 Naskeague Level Highway in Brooklyn. Provided that that is an energetic and ongoing investigation, we’re unable to supply any particulars at the moment.”

Tax information for Portland present that Cutler and his spouse owned 84 Pine St., a household house within the metropolis’s West Finish. The couple additionally owns a farm and 47 acres of land on Naskeg Level Highway. The appraised worth of the Brooklyn property – it’s recognized domestically as Amen Farms – is over $766,000 and Cutler pays $5,800 a yr in taxes. Amen Farm, inbuilt 1850, is situated on high of a hill overlooking Blue Hill Bay.

The Press Herald reached out to Cutler, 75, by cellphone Wednesday afternoon and requested him a few police search of his Brooklyn property, however Cutler declined to reply questions.

“I’ve no remark,” Cutler mentioned. When additional pressured, he replied, “I informed you I’ve no remark.”

Cutler didn’t reply to a follow-up voicemail message in search of extra particulars after it was confirmed that he and his spouse each owned the properties.

Cutler has been a distinguished determine in Maine politics for years.

In 2010, he ran for governor as an unbiased candidate, dropping narrowly to Republican Paul Lepage. Democrat Libby Mitchell completed third. In 2014, Cutler once more ran as an unbiased in opposition to incumbent LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud. As soon as once more, LePage prevailed.

Cutler grew up in Bangor, the oldest son of a distinguished physician and community-minded mom, and attended Harvard Faculty, and the Georgetown College College of Regulation.

He served as legislative assistant to Democratic U.S. Sen. Edmund Muskie, and later as pure sources and vitality coverage adviser to President Jimmy Carter.

Cutler was a founding accomplice of the regulation agency Cutler & Stanfield, which within the Nineties was thought of the second largest environmental regulation agency within the nation.

Cutler and his spouse lived in Cape Elizabeth for a number of years, earlier than promoting their 15,445-square-foot seaside home for $7.6 million to a single household in Cumberland County since Maine Itemizing, a subsidiary of the Maine Affiliation of Realtors. The utmost quantity was for the lodging of , started document retaining in 1996.

The couple offered their Cape Elizabeth mansion at 1172 Shore Highway to Jonathan S. Bush, a relative of former President George W. and George H.W. Bush.

“It was time,” Cutler informed the Press Herald on the time of the sale. “This place is big, and too huge for each of us.”

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