Woman Romantically Linked To Rep. Grimm Admits To Campaign Fraud

CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Texas woman romantically linked to indicted U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges she lined up straw donors for his 2010 campaign but then denied through her lawyer that Grimm knew anything about it.

Diana Durand entered the plea a day after Grimm appeared in the same Brooklyn courthouse to hear a judge set a December trial date for his tax evasion case, charges stemming from a two-year federal investigation of his fundraising.

Durand, 48, admitted she had asked “two friends” to make $12,000 contributions to Grimm and another politician and then secretly reimbursed them as a way to circumvent campaign contribution limits.

Outside court, defense attorney Stuart Kaplan told reporters that Durand came under scrutiny of federal authorities solely because she once dated Grimm and that she was never in a position to cooperate against him. He said email and…

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