- The Washington Times - Friday, September 14, 2007

The younger brother of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton yesterday reached a secret settlement in a bankruptcy lawsuit that accused him of failing to repay more than $100,000 in loans to the estate of a Tennessee carnival outfit.

Anthony Rodham was sued by a bankruptcy trustee for failing to repay loans to United Shows of America, whose owners, Edgar Gregory Jr. and wife Vonna Jo Gregory, received presidential pardons from President Clinton over objections from the Justice Department in 2000.

Bankruptcy trustee Michael Collins said terms of the settlement remain sealed as part of the agreement.

“It was on mutually agreeable terms,” Mr. Collins said.

Last year, a judge froze Mr. Rodham’s bank accounts after Mr. Collins won a default judgement against him. But Mr. Rodham appealed, and the case was reopened and scheduled for trial this month.

Mr. Collins’ collections efforts against Mr. Rodham spawned court actions in the District and Virginia, where Mr. Rodham has lived in recent years.

Mr. Rodham received about $107,000 from United Shows before it went bankrupt in 2002. When Mr. Collins took over the company’s finances, he filed court papers saying Mr. Rodham received loans but never paid back the money.

However, Mr. Rodham’s attorney, Samuel Crocker, said in court papers that the money paid to Mr. Rodham was compensation, not loans.

Copies of checks filed in the court case had notes on the bottom indicating that the payments were for loans.

Mr. Rodham last year declined to comment on the specifics of the case when contacted about the lawsuit.

“I just happen to be the brother-in-law of a person who became president,” he said. “I’m not a public figure.”

United Shows’ owners, the Gregorys, won a pardon from Mr. Clinton in March 2000. They were convicted of bank fraud in 1982 for illegally giving loans to friends. Mr. Gregory died in 2004.

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