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Former Governor Rowland Faces Prison After Court Denies Appeal

Former Gov. John Rowland's effort to have his conviction for campaign fraud overturned was denied by an appeals court.
Former Gov. John Rowland's effort to have his conviction for campaign fraud overturned was denied by an appeals court. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Former Gov. John G. Rowland’s effort to have his conviction for campaign fraud overturned was denied by a U.S. Court of Appeals from the 2nd District on Friday, according to the Connecticut Post.

Rowland, who faces 30 months in prison, was convicted of trying to hide that he was working as a shadow campaign worker for congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley in 2012. Rowland was convicted of receiving $35,000 in payments from a nursing home owned by Foley's husband, Brian Foley, said the Connecticut Post.

The court also ruled that Rowland tried to hide that he also performed work for Mark Greenberg's 2010 run for Congress by saying he was a paid employee for an animal shelter run by Greenberg, the Post said.

Rowland, 59, of Middlebury, resigned from office in 2004 during a corruption investigation, and later pleaded guilty in federal court to a one-count indictment for conspiracy to commit honest services fraud, mail fraud and tax fraud. He served 10 months in federal prison and four months on house arrest in that case.

In the new case, Rowland would be required to serve a minimum of 85 percent of his sentence, which is 25 months, the Post said.

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