Former Gov. John G. Rowland was indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on seven criminal counts for his dealings with two Republican Congressional campaigns in 2010 and 2012.
Federal prosecutors say that Rowland “devised a scheme to work for the campaign of a candidate seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional Districut during the 2009 and 2010 election cycle.”
Litchfield developer Mark Greenberg was not named in the indictment as the 2010 candidate, but he has publicly stated that Rowland offered to work for him during that campaign.
“To make the illegal arrangement appear legitimate, Rowland drafted a sham consulting contract pursuant to which he would purportedly perform work for a separate corporate entity, referred to in the indictment as the “Animal Center,” the federal prosecutor’s office said. “By proposing to run the campaign-related payments to Rowland through the Animal Center, Rowland sought to prevent actual campaign contributions and expenditures from being reported to the FEC and the public.”
The charges against Rowland include two counts of causing false statements to be made to the Federal Elections Commission, which carries a maximum of 5 years on each count; two counts of falsification of records in a federal investigation, which carry a maximum prison term of 20 years on each count. In addition, he was charged with one count of conspiracy and two counts of causing illegal campaign contributions.
While the time in prison is traditionally reduced by federal guidelines, the maximum combined term for the 7 counts in the indictment is 57 years in prison, according to federal prosecutors.
Overall, 6 of the 7 counts relate to the 2012 campaign of Republican Lisa Wilson-Foley of Simsbury, while one count relates to the 2010 campaign of developer Mark Greenberg of Litchfield. Greenberg is currently running this year against Democratic U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty of Cheshire, who won the 2012 race against Republican Andrew Roraback.
Rowland is expected to be arraigned at 2:30 p.m. Friday in New Haven in front of Judge Ellen Bree Burns, who graduated from Yale Law School in 1947, was nominated to the federal bench by Jimmy Carter, and is now 90 years old. Continue reading