Grimm’s ex-girlfriend pleads not guilty in campaign donor scheme

May 5, 2014 Associated Press
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The ex-girlfriend of New York Rep. Michael Grimm has pleaded not guilty to charges she was involved in a campaign straw donor scheme.

Diana Durand of Houston entered the plea through her lawyer on Monday in federal court in Brooklyn.

The plea came a week after Grimm pleaded not guilty to charges he evaded taxes by underreporting the amounts of wages and receipts at a Manhattan restaurant he once co-owned. The Staten Island Republican has vowed to stay in Congress and fight the case.

Durand’s lawyer told reporters outside court she knew nothing about how campaign contribution limits work. He said he expects the 48-year-old Durand to be cleared at trial.

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