- Associated Press - Friday, June 10, 2016

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A Pennsylvania judge has ordered a local GOP fundraiser and hostess charged in a $20 million insurance fraud case held for trial on witness intimidation charges.

A judge made the ruling on Thursday after a six-hour preliminary hearing for Claire Risoldi. Authorities say Risoldi used a subpoena issued by her attorney to harass witnesses who testified in the grand jury investigation that led to her arrest.

A police lieutenant who appeared before the grand jury says he found the subpoena for his personnel file “disturbing.”

But defense attorney Jack McMahon says attorneys wanted to look at his personnel file because they suspected he received a promotion in return for his testimony.

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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