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Clinton wedding preparations rocked by revelations father-in-law is convicted fraudster

July 30, 2010
Chelsea Clinton’s own father is no stranger to controversy, but now it has been revealed that her future father-in-law is a convicted fraudster.

Ed Mezvinsky – whose son Marc is set to marry Ms Clinton – served five years in jail over a $9 million scam in which a judge described his actions as a “one-man crime wave”, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.

The former congressman has since expressed remorse for his actions, which included him taking his own mother-in-law’s money by funding Nigerian-style internet scams.
Mr Mezinsky, 73, eventually lost everything and still owes millions of dollars in compensation to his victims – several of whom will be at the wedding.

But the revelations are doing little to dampen the excitement about the marriage, with the event capturing the attention of the US.

The battle now for the Clinton and Mezvinsky families is keeping details of the wedding a secret.

Officially, almost all that is known is that Ms Clinton, 30, is to marry Mr Mezvinsky, 32, an investment banker, on Saturday.

The location, type of ceremony, guest list and colour of the bride’s dress remain unconfirmed.

All signals point to the wedding taking place at Rhinebeck, a quaint town in upstate New York. Paparazzi have snapped pictures of a huge white tent going up in the secluded grounds of Astor Courts estate.

Local shopkeepers testify to the presence of well-heeled out-of-towners and men talking into mobile phones about security.

The Federal Aviation Authority has since ordered airspace shut over the location during Saturday afternoon, citing a “VIP Movement”.

The guest list has also been the centre of debate, with gossip news hounds persistently mentioning Hollywood and Washington high-flyers.

Clinton friends including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and, perhaps surprisingly, former British prime minister John Major are expected to attend.

US President Barack Obama says he did not make the guest list.

In an interview on ABC’s televisions talk show The View, Mr Obama said he was not invited because former president Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton wanted the event to be about their daughter and her future husband.

Mr Obama said that was probably for the best, joking that it would be tough enough to have one president at the wedding.

The couple met when Ms Clinton was a teenager.


August 3, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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