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Ex-Conn. Lawmaker In Court For Campaign Fraud Case

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File photo of an empty courtroom. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Former Bridgeport state Sen. Ernest Newton II is facing a court arraignment on charges he fraudulently obtained thousands of dollars in public funds to finance a failed comeback campaign for his old seat last year.

Newton is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Thursday to face charges of felony larceny, witness tampering and campaign finance crimes. Prosecutors say he filed false documentation to obtain more than $80,000 from the publicly funded Citizens Election Program.

Newton denies the charges.

Newton’s return to politics last year came three years after he finished a prison sentence for misusing campaign money for personal use.

Newton served 17 years in the legislature before giving up his seat and pleading guilty in 2005. He lost last year’s Democratic primary for his old Senate seat.

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