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State Supreme Court upholds contempt finding for fundraiser

February 8, 2018

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a contempt judgment against a Republican fundraiser who violated a court order barring her from contacting witnesses in a $20 million fraud case.

Seventy-year-old Claire Risoldi was found in contempt of court in 2016 and ordered to serve 30 days in county jail. She had asked the justices to hear her appeal of the judgment, but they rejected that request in a one-sentence decision issued Wednesday.

The justices did not provide a reason for the denial.

Authorities say a date has not yet been set for when Risoldi must start serving the jail sentence.

Risoldi was charged with insurance fraud after her family’s mansion had three fires in five years. That trial has been delayed.

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