Lawyer: Heiress’ money meant as a gift for Edwards


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Submitted: Mon, 05/07/2012 - 4:33pm
Updated: Mon, 05/07/2012 - 4:36pm
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GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A lawyer for a Virginia heiress says he believes she gave money that was intended as a gift for John Edwards, not a campaign contribution as he ran for president.

Alex D. Forger continued his testimony Monday in Edwards’ corruption trial. He says that in December 2007 he first learned of a check for $175,000 deposited into the account of Andrew Young, an Edwards aide.

He says 101-year-old heiress Rachel “Bunny” Mellon said the money was for a personal need of the senator, but she had not been told what that need was. Forger also recounted a conversation in summer 2008 where Edwards said he did not know about the money.

Some of Mellon’s money was used to hide the Democrat’s pregnant mistress. Whether Edwards knew of the cover-up is a key question in his prosecution.

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5 Comments

  • Guest1122 says:

    I think the question to ask is did she file a gift tax return? If it was intended as a gift, a gift tax return should have been filed for a gift of this amount. If there is no gift tax return, then what was this payment?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    the money was never paid directly to him. Not certain the IRS would be after him on this.

    Now, did his buddy and wife, to whom the money was turned over, report the funds as income? May not matter given the immunity they were granted.

    Did the baby Mama report all of the flights, hotels, meals and so forth? She could have a problem.

    Let’s see how she spills her gut when called to testify. She may sound like the fat Sergant on Hogans Heroes — I know nothig; I know nothing

  • Das Weibstück says:

    So did he pay personal income taxes on this huge “gift”?

  • SurfCityTom says:

    further testimony is presented, he is still a first class weasel.

    Does it while his wife is terminally ill.

    Denies the child is his until well after his Presidential aspirations are over.

    Drags his elderly parents to the courthouse daily. Does he really think their presence will garner him sympathy? Exposes them to enough stress either could easily have a heart attack in court.

    Exposes his eldest daughter to his sleaziness daily.

    And still thinks his $400 haircuts make him cute.

  • jj says:

    Any one call the IRS to see if he reported this on his taxes? I will bet you will not find it there. I would think there should be new charges for not reporting it

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