A London court has issued a prison sentence to a Scottish woman who falsely claimed to have personal access to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP rushes to cut ties to Moore Papadopoulos was in regular contact with Stephen Miller, helped edit Trump speech: report Bannon jokes Clinton got her ‘ass kicked’ in 2016 election MORE‘s 2016 presidential campaign for a documentary film project, the New York Post reports.
Ann Leuser, 56, told the documentary team that she had an exclusive connection to Clinton just before the Democrat launched her 2016 bid for the presidency, in order to earn a lucrative contract for a film on the campaign.
The company said it would pay Leuser $40,000 up front if she proved her connection to the campaign with a signed access letter. Leuser flew to New York, the location of Clinton’s Brooklyn campaign headquarters, at company expense and returned with a forged letter in October 2016.
The woman also falsely claimed to have visited a Democratic Party convention in Las Vegas on her trip to America. Receipts from her trip later proved she had stayed in New York the entire time.
Fraud investigators for the City of London Police found that Leuser had no connection to the campaign team or any of its staff, after a U.S.-based connection to the film producers learned that the Clinton team had never issued the letter.
In November 2016, Leuser paid a professional actress $6,500 to impersonate Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri over a phone call with the documentary team.
The court sentenced Leuser to three years and eight months in prison for fraud.