The story is getting bigger…and weirder.
Odd, right? Well, what’s even more suspect is that a fundraiser named Norman Hsu has previously claimed the family’s address as his place of residence, and the contributions from the family to Hillary came at approximately the same time, and in the same amounts, as Hsu’s contributions.
Today I find out that not only had Norman Hsu agreed to serve three years for grand theft swindling charges, he did so 15 years ago. That’s right…he’s been on the run for 15 years, but 3 years ago he popped up in Democratic circle and has been raising money for Dems.
WASHINGTON — For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish.
“He is a fugitive,” Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. “Do you know where he is?”
Hsu, it seems, has been hiding in plain sight, at least for the last three years.
So what about the money?
He’s pledged to raise $100,000 for Clinton this year and has helped raise over $1,000,000 during the last 36 months for Democratic causes. Oh, and he also contributed to Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Edward Kennedy and Dianne Feinstein, as well as other Democrats and causes.
LA Times also reports that Hillary’s campaign spokesperson said this about Hsu’s funds…
“We have no reason to call his contributions into question or to return them.”
Hmm, you sure about that?
Here’s Hsu explanation…he didn’t know he was a fugitive:
On Tuesday, E. Lawrence Barcella Jr. — a Washington lawyer who represents the Democratic fundraiser — confirmed that Hsu was the same man who was involved in the California case. Barcella said his client did not remember pleading to a criminal charge and facing the prospect of jail time. Hsu remembers the episode as part of a settlement with creditors when he also went through bankruptcy, Barcella said.
What, did he forget he had to serve three years in jail?
Also, it looks like Hsu has employed one of the Paws to work for one of his companies.
More as it develops…
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