ByÂ Jim McElhatton-The Washington Times
A former wealth manager for crime writer Patricia Cornwell has managed to avoid prison for his role in covering up tens of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign contributions from the novelist to Hillary Rodham Clintonâ€™s 2008 presidential campaign.
Evan H. Snapper received three years of probation at his sentencing last week in U.S. District Court in Washington after saying he made the contributions as an â€œill-advised favorâ€ to Ms. Cornwell.
In a separate civil court filing, Ms. Cornwellâ€™s attorneys say she didnâ€™t do anything wrong and was misinformed by Snapper, adding that she has had to spend lots of money to help the government during its investigation.
Federal prosecutors are saying little about the probe. While noting that Snapper cooperated in the investigation, the Justice Department wonâ€™t say how.
Prosecutors filed a heavily redacted sentencing memo in his case that provided few details about the source of the illegal contributions he helped conceal. Officials declined to elaborate on the filing Tuesday.
However, pleadings in an ongoing civil lawsuit by Ms. Cornwell against Snapper and the New York accounting and consulting firm he used to work for Anchin Block & Anchin LLP – make clear that the contributions came from her.
Under sentencing guidelines, Snapper had faced up to 16 months in prison.
Snapper used to manage the authorâ€™s finances, but Ms. Cornwell claims that after she sued him for mishandling her finances, Snapper in turn tried to get her in trouble over campaign donations. According to Ms. Cornwellâ€™s lawsuit, Snapper handled her political contributions and â€œsought to falsely accuseâ€ her of telling him to bundle illegal campaign cash for the Clinton campaign.
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