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May 19, 2009

Hsu Found Guilty of Campaign Finance Fraud

The Democratic financier was convicted on four counts of campaign finance fraud for funneling more than $98,000 to Democratic politicians, including Hillary Clinton and Harold Ford.

Courtesy the Indefatigable Slublog

Prosecutors said Hsu used campaign donations to win accolades from prominent politicians, which he used to lure new investors into his Ponzi scheme. They offered evidence that he made illegal reimbursements to six of his investors who contributed funds to politicians including then-U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton of New York and then-U.S. Representative Harold Ford of Tennessee.

“Norman Hsu is directing where donations are going to go,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Willscher told jurors in closing arguments yesterday.

Prosecutors are seeking more than 30 years imprisonment for this and his guilty pleas last week to a Ponzi scheme. Hsu's attorney says he will appeal.

Some AOSHQ Hsu Coverage from 2007:
WSJ: Hsu Got Money By Stealing From Investors
Clinton Campaign: Don't Blame Us, We're Incompetent
Hsu Bought Clinton Staffers With Vegas Trips


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