New Yorker Abake Assongba has pledged to help President Obama win re-election, and as one of his 400 volunteer fundraisers, she has delivered $50,000 to the cause.
But she is also accused in court of defrauding a businessman out of $657,000, impersonating a bank official and dodging creditors.
Assongba disputes the allegations.
The Obama campaign said it would look into Assongba’s background and determine whether it should return her donation. More than 1.3 million Americans have donated to the campaign, and we constantly review those contributions for any issues, campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said.
Obama is the only presidential candidate this season to release a formal list of his bundlers.
Assongba, who declined to comment, is dogged by a collection agency and a court order to pay more than $10,000 in unpaid rent for her former Brooklyn apartment, court records show.
Records also show that a Swiss businessman has sued Assongba in Florida, accusing her of engaging in an email scam to take his money. In 2009, the suit alleges, Assongba used an alias to impersonate a bank official but took funds wired by the businessman, Klaus Pusch, and used them to buy several properties and build a $2 million home in Ocala, Fla.’s horse-breeding country.