One of Hillary Clinton's major fundraisers turns out to also be a major felon on the run. Yesterday, connections to Norman Hsu turned up in a Wall Street Journal investigation into large donations from a family of modest means at Hsu's old address. Today, the Los Angeles Times reports that Hsu lammed it after agreeing to serve a three-year stretch for grand theft (via Hot Air):
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. ...
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.
It shouldn't be all that difficult to find Hsu. All police need to do is follow the trail of money he has left behind. He has spent the last three years raising close to a million dollars for Democrats, including a half-million of his own money.
Perhaps they can just stake out Democratic campaign events and fundraisers. Norman Hsu takes a great picture here with Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who laughs as she gets her t-shirt from Hsu at a breakfast in 2005. He's in that deep bunker known as the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. In the same year, he gave a luncheon for Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) at Fortress St. Regis.
He's been tough to find, all right. Hsu keeps hiding among Democrats.
More has also come out about Hsu's success in raising funds through the Paw family of Daly City, who not-co-coincidentally live in Hsu's old house. The family that took out a $270,000 refinance on their home have contributed a whopping $213,000 over three years to Democrats, including $55,000 to Hillary. Their son Winkle Paw turns out to have even closer connections to Hsu -- he works for the fugitive.
Also, the LAT reports that Hsu has another modest household in the $200,000 range for donations. The Danny Lee household in New York, which includes a roommate named Yu Fen Huang, gave $201,200 to Democrats since 2004, including over $37,000 to Hillary.
However, that hasn't been Hsu's best fundraising act. He garnered over a million dollars in capital to buy latex gloves for resale, supposedly to waiting clients. Hsu got arrested when investors found no gloves, no clients, and nothing but a scam. Hsu fled after his plea agreement on the grand theft, and turned into a major Democratic fundraiser. Hillary may have some explaining to do -- and several other Democrats right along with her.