Ex-state Sen. Newton to go on trial for alleged fraud

Ernie Newton, left (File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernest Newton II is set to go on trial on allegations he submitted fake documentation to qualify for public campaign funds in his failed bid to win back his Senate seat in 2012.

Newton’s trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court. He’s pleaded not guilty to larceny and campaign finance charges.

Newton denies allegations that he submitted bogus documentation when he was $500 short of the $15,000 in private contributions he needed to qualify for more than $80,000 in public campaign funds from the state.

It’s the second criminal trial for Newton, who gave up his Senate seat in 2005 before being sentenced to five years in prison for taking a $5,000 bribe.

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