A federal appeals court last week rejected an appeal filed by William A. ­DiBella, former majority leader of the Connecticut Senate, and his consulting firm, North Cove Ventures LLC, to overturn a 2007 jury verdict and judgement against them for their involvement in a fraudulent pay-to-play scheme in connection with the state’s pension fund.

In the decision, which the SEC announced Monday, a three-judge panel of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York City found there was substantial evidence to support the jury verdict and that a federal district court in Connecticut did not improperly require DiBella to disgorge $374,500 in ill-gotten gains and pay $307,127 in prejudgment interest and $110,000 in penalties.

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