Ex-Con­necti­cut gover­nor re­ports to fed­eral prison

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

HART­FORD, CONN. >> For­mer Con­necti­cut Gov. John Row­land re­ported to a fed­eral prison in New York on Mon­day to be­gin serv­ing a 2 ½-year sen­tence for con­spir­ing to hide his work on po­lit­i­cal cam­paigns — a decade af­ter he fin­ished do­ing prison time for a cor­rup­tion scan­dal that led him to re­sign from of­fice in 2004.

The 59-year-old Repub­li­can re­ported to the Otisville fed­eral prison, about 80 miles north­west of New York City, said U.S. Mar­shal Brian Tay­lor.

A fed­eral jury in New Haven con­victed the Water­bury na­tive in 2014 of seven charges in­clud­ing con­spir­acy and fal­si­fy­ing records.

Prose­cu­tors said Row­land was paid $35,000 for po­lit­i­cal con­sult­ing for Lisa Wil­son-Fo­ley, a Repub­li­can who in 2012 was run­ning for the 5th Con­gres­sional Dis­trict. They said while Row­land claimed to have vol­un­teered for the cam­paign, the pay­ment was dis­guised in a con­tract be­tween Row­land and Wil­son-Fo­ley’s hus­band, who owned a nurs­ing home chain.

Prose­cu­tors said Row­land also tried to set up a sim­i­lar ar­range­ment in the 2010 elec­tion with an­other Repub­li­can con­gres­sional can­di­date, Mark Green­berg, who said he turned down the pro­posal.

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