May 23, 2019
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Maine developer who made illegal contributions for Romney released from prison

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Michael Liberty

Michael Liberty is a free man.

The real estate developer was released from a Federal Bureau of Prisons facility in Florida Friday, according to the agency’s website.

Liberty, 57, had been serving a sentence for making illegal contributions to the campaign of 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Last November, Liberty, who grew up in Gray and now lives in Orlando, Florida, pleaded guilty to illegally donating $22,500 to Romney’s campaign. He obscured his total donations by splitting the contributions up into nine parts over about two weeks in May 2011, and making the gifts under the names of employees, family members and associates, according to court documents.

In August, a federal judge sentenced the real estate, franchising and software mogul to pay a $100,000 fine and serve four months in prison followed by one year of supervised release.

Liberty, whom Yankee magazine once dubbed “Donald Trump with a Maine accent,” had been originally scheduled to begin the sentence in early September, but received two weeks reprieve due to Hurricane Irma.

The criminal conviction is not Liberty’s only legal trouble. He was also charged with having lied to federal financial regulators to avoid paying most of a $6 million penalty levied against him in an earlier fraud investigation. He has denied those charges and any misrepresentation of his finances. The case is pending.

A lawyer for Liberty did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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