Jury Convicts Former GOP Connecticut Governor In Campaign Finance Scheme
John G. Rowland, a three-term Republican governor of Connecticut who resigned in 2004 amid corruption charges, has been convicted by a jury of crimes in a campaign finance scheme.
According to court documents,Lisa Wilson-Foley, a Republican candidate, and her husband hired Rowland as a campaign consultant from September 2011 through April 2012, but funneled his payments, totaling $35,000, through Mr. Foley’s nursing home, Apple Rehab, and affiliated entities, to avoid reporting them on federal regulatory filings and to conceal from voters the involvement of Mr. Rowland, according to the New York Times.
[su_center_ad]Rowland decided on Thursday not to testify at his federal conspiracy trial.
On Wednesday, the defense rested after its only witness finished his testimony.
Brian Bedard, the executive vice president of Apple Health Care, testified that Rowland did legitimate consulting work for the nursing home company and he did not believe his contract was a sham, according to ABC.
The Associated Press reports, “Rowland was convicted in New Haven federal court of all seven counts, including conspiracy, falsifying records in a federal investigation, causing false statements to be made to the Federal Election Commission and causing illegal campaign contributions.”
Rowland became a popular radio talk show host and previously landed a job as an economic development coordinator when he was released from prison in 2006 after serving 10 months on a corruption-related charge.
In April, Rowland resigned from his morning radio show, saying he had to “take care of some personal issues.”
Convictions on all the charges carried a possible maximum prison sentence of 57 years, according to the AP.
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