The Framingham compounding pharmacy at the center of the national meningitis outbreak was the subject of an investigation by Massachusetts’ regulators 6 years ago.

But The Boston Globe reports the chief executive of the firm hired to do the investigation of the New England Compounding Center was awaiting trial on a fraud indictment.

Pharmacy Support Inc. of Illinois, founded by Ross A. Caputo, ­inspected the Framingham ­facility in May of 2006 and eventually found it to be satisfactory, but Caputo was later convicted and imprisoned for fraud, involving a product blamed for blinding people.

A spokesman for Gov. Deval Patrick says his administration is investigating what they called the “troubling” choice of Caputo’s company — a selection he said was made during Gov. Mitt ­Romney’s administration.

Also, federal officials released a list of almost 1,300 New England Compounding customers, including 75 Massachusetts hospitals, doctors' offices and clinics. But late Oct. 22 the Food and Drug Administration ­removed the list, saying it had found technical problems and “the data are incorrect.”