A former NFL player and current NFL employee was sentenced to prison Wednesday for his role in a scheme to defraud the state of nearly $1 million.
Timothy Dolan, 38, of West Hartford pleaded guilty in the case, which was first reported by the Hartford Courant newspaper.
Dolan was one of more than two dozen defendants who pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from a scheme that prosecutors say was a fraud that involved wire fraud and money laundering.
Dylan Wilson, 35, of Springfield, and David T. Johnson, 34, of Hartford pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, mail fraud, and money-laundering.
Johnson also pleaded guilty on the conspiracy charge.
The men and others worked with WV Attorney General Josh Barfield, who is running for governor.
They were accused of using phony companies to set up phony business dealings to funnel money to Wilson and Johnson, prosecutors said.
Wilson and T.J. Johnson were charged with a combined $1.5 million in money laundering and other charges.
Wilson and TJ. were among two defendants who worked together to defrauded the state.
They are expected to be sentenced in January.
A third defendant, Brian C. Fenton, 42, of Woonsocket, pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a fine of $1,000 to settle a charge of mail fraud.
Fardon also agreed to serve four years probation.
In total, they were accused in the scheme of defrauding the state $1 billion over a 10-year period.
Prosecutors said Wilson and the other defendants were also involved in the fraud of another company, the Connecticut Sportswear Company, that was a member of the NFL Network.
Prosecutors said that Fenton also received payments from the NFL.
Wilson’s attorney said that he will plead guilty and accept a plea deal.
He did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Prosecutors have not yet said when they will file the charges against Wilson and other defendants.