Former Conn. Gov. Rowland Due in Court on Campaign Charges

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Former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland, who was forced to resign from office a decade ago for corruption, is due in federal court in New Haven, Conn., 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 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 was a congressman for the state from 1985 to 1991.

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