Ex-Connecticut governor reports to federal prison
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.