HARTFORD - Former Gov. John Rowland pleaded not guilty in New Haven Federal Court today after being indicted by federal prosecutors in an alleged campaign consulting scheme.
Prosecutors claim Rowland was involved in schemes to hide his salary as a political consultant for two congressional campaigns, one in 2010 and one in 2012. The seven-count indictment carries a total maximum prison term of 57 years.
Former Republican congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley and her husband pleaded guilty last month in connection with the case.
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Rowland resigned from the governor's office 10 years ago because of a corruption scandal that eventually sent him to prison.
Rowland is free on $250,000 bond. The judge wants to bring the case to trial in June. Rowland's attorney says he may ask for a short delay, but he also wants to try the case quickly.