Witness says conspiracy with Rowland was unspoken

Former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland arrives with attorney Reid Weingarten at federal court, Friday, April 11, 2014, in New Haven, Conn. A grand jury on Thursday returned a seven-count indictment alleging Rowland schemed to conceal involvement with congressional campaigns. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A key prosecution witness against former Gov. John Rowland says their conspiracy to hide payments for Rowland’s campaign work as a business deal was unspoken.

Brian Foley was cross-examined Tuesday by Rowland’s lawyer. The former governor is facing federal charges he conspired with Foley and his wife, former 5th-District congressional candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley to violate federal election laws.

The Foleys both have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.

Foley says he paid Rowland $35,000 to work on his wife’s campaign, but made it appear as though the former governor was doing legitimate consulting for Foley’s nursing home company.

But on Tuesday, he acknowleged that Rowland did some real work for Apple Health Care, Inc.

He also acknowleged that he never discussed the conspiracy with Rowland, saying they had an unspoken understanding.

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