A former state senator for Bridgeport was arrested on charges of campaign fraud Friday.
Ernest E. Newton II, 56, of Bridgeport was charged with five counts of illegal campaign practices as well as first-degree larceny and tampering with a witness.
According to arrest papers, Newton was $500 short of the $15,000 he needed to receive the Citizens Election Program grant. He's accused of having campaign workers sign cards stating they contributed to the campaign when that wasn't the case.
In 2005, Newton pleaded guilty to accepting a $5,000 bribe, using campaign contributions for personal expenses and failing to report the improper income on his federal tax return. He served a five-year sentence.
Newton was released on a written promise to appear and is scheduled to appear in Hartford Superior Court on Jan. 17.
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