A former wealth manager who lied about the source of tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions for Hillary Clinton's presidential bid was sentenced today to three years of probation.
Lawyers for Evan Snapper, who pleaded guilty to a false statements charge in January in Washington federal district court, had fought against the imposition of a prison sentence. Snapper faced a guideline sentencing range of between 10 and 16 months.
Senior Judge Paul Friedman of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia today ordered Snapper to pay a $3,000 fine. A lawyer for Snapper, Steptoe & Johnson partner Evan Barr, said today his client “looks forward to moving on to the next chapter in his life.”
Prosecutors alleged Snapper “knowingly and willfully” caused the Hillary Clinton for President Committee to file false campaign contribution reports with the Federal Election Commission. The reports falsely showed that more than $48,000 in contributions to Clinton came from 21 people when the source was Patricia Cornwell, the crime novelist.
Snapper, who has since resigned from the New York accounting firm Anchin, Block & Anchin, managed Cornwell’s account from 2004 through 2009. In court papers earlier this year, Barr said Snapper “deeply regrets his lack of judgment that led him to commit this offense.”
The Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section did not oppose a sentence of probation, according to court papers filed this month. Much of the government’s sentencing memo is blacked out. In earlier court papers, prosecutors said Snapper had cooperated with the government.