A North-east woman has been jailed after duping film-makers into believing she could get them behind-the-scenes access to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
Ann Leuser fraudulently claimed to have a close connection with the former US secretary of state and tried to enter into a contract for a fly-on-the-wall documentary.
The 56-year-old, of Fraserburgh, even paid an actress £5,000 to impersonate Mrs Clinton’s director of communications Jennifer Palmieri over the phone.
During a period of 10 months, she sent fraudulent e-mails to a producer claiming to be from members of the Clinton campaign team.
The scam saw her get several all-expenses paid trips to London as well as being flown to New York under the premise of getting an access letter signed.
It had been agreed that if Leuser presented an access letter from the presidential candidate to the UK-based production team she would be paid £30,000 immediately.
She would also receive three further payments of £30,000 during the filming process.
During questioning, Leuser maintained she had a close connection with the then-presidential candidate and her campaign team but refused to comment further.
Leuser was sentenced to 44 months at Inner London Crown Court on Friday for fraud by false representation.
Detective Sergeant Barry Murray said: “Hillary Clinton’s campaign for US president was at the centre of extensive media scrutiny.
“Leuser used her personality to capitalise on this opportunity, deceiving industry professionals and gaining a trip to New York along the way.”
Source:: Evening Express – All articles