Po­lit­i­cal donor pleads guilty to in­vest­ment fraud scheme

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A po­lit­i­cal donor and ca­ble news com­men­ta­tor pleaded guilty Fri­day to fed­eral crim­i­nal charges in what pros­e­cu­tors de­scribed as a $30 mil­lion in­vest­ment fraud scheme tied to his health-tech­nol­ogy com­pany.

Sreed­har Po­tarazu, 51, an oph­thal­mol­o­gist from Po­tomac, Mary­land, was ap­pointed to serve on the cre­den­tials com­mit­tee to this year’s Demo­cratic Na­tional Con­ven­tion. He has given to Repub­li­cans and Democrats.

He was a fre­quent guest of Fox Busi­ness and other ca­ble news shows, and in one ap­pear­ance billed him­self as a sup­porter of John Ka­sich.

His name also ap­pears in a se­ries of hacked emails re­leased by Wik­iLeaks show­ing DNC of­fi­cials de­bat­ing whether his do­na­tions of more than $300,000 mer­ited a seat next to Pres­i­dent Obama at an event.

DNC staffers also ex­press frus­tra­tion in the emails about Po­tarazu’s per­sis­tence in seek­ing an au­di­ence with Mr. Obama.

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