The co-owner of a
George Tirado, 36, of Wolcott, appeared before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in
He faces a maximum prison term of five years and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced on July 23.
Tirado and others were accused of being part of the conspiracy to pump money into Donovan's campaign in exchange for promises from Donovan aides that they would work to kill a bill that would have taxed roll-your-own cigarette shops.
According to a new release from the U.S. Attorney's office, Tirado and Paul Rogers co-owned Smoke House Tobacco, a roll-your-own smoke shop with two locations in Waterbury, and conspired to direct contributions into Donovan's campaign. The conspirators recruited multiple individuals to serve as conduit contributors, which means they allowed checks to be written in their names to the campaign and were reimbursed with cash, concealing the participation of roll-your-own shop owners, the release said.