Ex-NAACP Leader Free From Prison

Ben Andrews served time for a scandal involving the state treasurer

Former Connecticut NAACP President Ben Andrews was released from federal prison amid little fanfare after serving a two-year sentence for bribery, fraud and other charges connected to the scandal in the state treasurer's office a decade ago. His release was as quiet as his entry was chaotic.

Andrews, who was a leader of the state NAACP for 28 years, was convicted of influencing former state Treasurer Paul Silvester in his choice of investing Connecticut pension funds. Prosecutors said he collected $750,000 in fees to help steer a $150 million investment in 1998.Silvester served four years in prison for corruption involving the pension fund investments.

Andrews said he is trying to rebuild his life. He declined to say where he is working but said it is not in the financial services industry, which he was involved in at the time of the scandal, the Hartford Courant reports.

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