Man charged with embezzling from state Senate campaign

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The former treasurer of a state Senate campaign has been charged with embezzling more than $10,000 in campaign funds.

State prosecutors say 45-year-old William Baker, of Farmington, took the money from the 2014 campaign of Republican Bill Wadsworth, a former state representative who lost that Senate race to Democrat Beth Bye.

The Chief State's Attorney's Office says Wadsworth had limited involvement in the campaign's finances and cooperated in their investigation.

Baker is accused of taking the money for his personal use and filing false reports with the State Elections Enforcement Commission. He is due in Hartford Superior Court on July 25 to face a larceny charge.

Attempts to reach Baker for comment Tuesday were not successful. A phone number listed for him was not in service.