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Wilson-Foleys plead guilty, implicate Rowland

HARTFORD, Conn. – Former Gov. John G. Rowland is in hot water again. Former congressional candidate Lisa Wilson Foley and her husband, Brian Foley, pleaded guilty Monday to illegally paying Rowland $35,000 in campaign consulting fees.

Rowland, who resigned in 2004 and subsequently pleaded guilty to corruption charges, is not named in the court documents and has not been charged. But he has retained Reid Weingarten of Steptoe & Johnson LLP to represent him. Weingarten did not immediately return calls for comment Monday.

According to court documents, Wilson-Foley and her husband paid Rowland to be a consultant to her 2012 Congressional campaign. But the money wasn’t paid to the campaign. It was paid to Apple Rehab, one of the businesses the couple manage.

“Wilson-Foley believed that, because the co-conspirator had previously been convicted of a felony offense, disclosure of his paid role in the campaign would result in substantial negative publicity for Wilson-Foley’s candidacy,” a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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