The Chicago Way: Obama Top Donor Accused of Fraud

Katie Pavlich

4/2/2012 7:26:00 AM - Katie Pavlich

In typical Chicago fashion, a top Obama campaign donor is being accused of fraud. The Obama campaign has refused to comment on whether or not the money received by the donor will be returned.

A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official, creating new headaches for Obama's re-election campaign as it deals with the questionable history of another top supporter.

The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama's re-election effort this year, federal records show. But Assongba is also fending off a civil court case in Florida, where she's accused of thieving more than $650,000 to help build a multimillion-dollar home in the state -- a charge her husband denies.

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