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Ex-Union Official To Be Sentenced In Donovan Case

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State House Speaker and fifth district congressional candidate Chris Donovan. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

State House Speaker and fifth district congressional candidate Chris Donovan. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A former labor union official is facing sentencing for his role in a scheme to provide illegal contributions to last year’s failed congressional campaign of ex-Connecticut House Speaker Christopher Donovan.

Sixty-one-year-old Harry Ray Soucy of Naugatuck is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in federal court in New Haven. He pleaded guilty last year to wire fraud and conspiracy charges and faces two years to 30 months in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Soucy, a former state correctional officer, was one of eight people convicted in the case. Donovan wasn’t charged and denied wrongdoing.

Prosecutors say the scheme funneled nearly $28,000 to Donovan’s congressional campaign through straw donors, to try to get Donovan to kill proposed state legislation to raise taxes on roll-your-own cigarette shops. The bill ended up being approved.

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