Former Conn. Gov. Rowland due in court to face campaign charges

by Reuters
Friday, 11 April 2014 14:08 GMT

MILFORD, Conn., April 11 (Reuters) - Former Connecticut Governor John Rowland, who was forced to resign from office a decade ago for corruption, is due in federal court in New Haven, Connecticut, on Friday for arraignment on charges he violated campaign laws.

Rowland, a 56-year-old Republican who spent 10 months in prison in 2005 and 2006, was indicted on Thursday on charges he tried to conceal payments made to him by two congressional campaigns he worked on in 2009 and 2012.

The candidate involved in the 2012 campaign and her husband last month pleaded guilty to charges involving illegal campaign contributions.

Rowland faces up to 20 years in prison on each count of falsification of records in a federal investigation, U.S. prosecutors said.

Rowland served as Connecticut's governor from 1995 to 2004, when he resigned amid another corruption scandal. He pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge for accepting gifts from people doing business with the state and served a federal prison sentence.

Rowland served as a congressman for the state from 1985 to 1991. (Reporting by Richard Weizel; Editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis)

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