Rowland Again In the Spotlight

Apr 1, 2014

Former Gov. John Rowland in Hartford in 2009.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

A former congressional candidate and her husband have admitted to conspiring with former Connecticut Governor John Rowland to pay him off the books for work as a campaign consultant.

The U.S. Attorney's office said Lisa Wilson-Foley and Brian Foley pleaded guilty on Monday in Hartford to violating campaign finance law. Authorities said the Foleys and Rowland entered into an unlawful conspiracy to make illegal contributions to Wilson-Foley's 2012 campaign by hiding money paid to Rowland while he was working on her campaign.

The scheme involved creating a fictitious contract between Rowland and an attorney who worked for Brian Foley's nursing home company.

Rowland, who has not been charged, was paid about $35,000 for services to the campaign.

Rowland resigned as governor in 2004 and was released from prison in 2006 after serving ten months on a corruption-related charge. Lisa Wilson-Foley and Brian Foley are to be sentenced in June, and could face up to a year in prison, and fine of up to $100,000.

This report includes information from The Associated Press.