Ed Mezvinsky, Chelsea Clinton's Future In-Law, Is An Ex-Con
Marc Mezvinsky, the son of former U.S. Congressman and a convicted defrauder Ed Mezvinsky, will marry Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Ed Mezvinsky's criminal past re-surfaced today, as the news of his son's engagement to Chelsea Clinton broke. Mezvinsky served a prison term after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of fraud in 2002. He was released last year after spending 80 months in prison. Mezvinsky was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder later in life, but was not allowed mental illness defense during his trial.
The seventy-two-year-old Mezvinsky served in U.S. Congress until 1976. He than worked for the United Nations Commission on Human Rights until 1979. In subsequent years, Mezvinsky ran for positions of the U.S. Senator, the State Attorney General, and the Lieutenant Govenor, but was unsuccessful at running for either position.
It is alleged Ed Mezvinsky pioneered the Nigerian Money Scam.
Mezvinsky was a Philadelphia lawyer and self-styled international businessman who in some ways was a pioneer scam artist. Before the Nigerian advance fee scam became a ubiquitous experience in Americans' email in-boxes, Mezvinsky was deftly executing the scam in real time, convincing victims to hand over large amounts of cash based on his close connections to the Clinton family.