- Associated Press - Friday, May 1, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A 36-year-old Wolcott man who prosecutors say served as a conduit for a campaign donation from tobacco shop owners to Christopher Donovan’s 5th District congressional campaign has been sentenced to 13 months in prison.

Daniel Monteiro was sentenced in U.S. District Court Thursday after pleading guilty in March 2013 to conspiring to make false statements to the Federal Election Commission and defraud the U.S. government.

Prosecutors say Monteiro served as a middleman, agreeing to donate $2,500 to Donovan’s 2012 campaign while accepting the same amount in return from the real donors, tobacco shop owners.

The government says the donations were directed to the campaign with the hopes of stopping state legislation that would tax roll-your-own tobacco businesses. Eight people were ultimately convicted in a scandal. Donovan was not charged.

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