George Jr/ (the little short guy, r). Kid, have you rehabilitated yourself? According to the DNC, no.
Former Greenwich resident George Lindemann shows up in the Wikleaks dump of DNC material. The infamous horse killer tried to donate money and attend a photo-op, but the DNC turned him down after they turned up his background. I wrote a novel about George, and I thought it was one of my better books, but my agent hated it. He hated the protagonist, George, actually, and he said readers would too, so the novel languishes. I suppose he was right, but still, the George Lindemann I invented was, I thougt, a sort-of-okay guy. Not so the real George.
George Jr. is an heir to the billionaire George Lindemann’s cellular phone fortune (Lindemann Sr. lives, or lived, in Mead’s Point). Jr.’s Cellular Farms horse breeding operation up in Armonk was failing, Dad, the banker for the deal was fuming, so Jr. ordered up the services of Tommy “The Sandman” Burns (so named because he put horses to sleep, permanently) to kill Jr.’s prize horse and free up some $250,000 in insurance proceeds.
The Sandman’s method of execution was neither pretty nor painless: strip the wires off the end of an extension cord, attach them to alligator clips. Snap one on the horse’s ear, the other to his anus, plug in the cord and pow! – the horse’s intestines explode, making murder look almost identical to a fatal attack of horse colic. Ow.
George was caught, George went to prison, and after his release moved to Miami, where he established himself in the art world and high gay culture. He’s still down there.
All that by way of background, here are excerpts from the DNC emails:
George Lindemann – convicted of three counts of wire fraud in 1995 and received a 33-month term in federal prison; Investigation stemmed from a federal investigation where over 50 horses were killed in a 20 year period in acts of insurance fraud; nothing new as of 5/9/16 Thanks, Chad Rivard |
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Summary George Lindemann Jr. was a highly-ranked rider, Olympic hopeful, and heir to an $800 million fortune. In 1990 he hired Tommy “The Sandman” Burns to electrocute his horse, Charisma, in order to collect on a $250,000 insurance policy. Lindemann was convicted of three counts of wire fraud in 1995 and was sentenced to a 33-month term in federal prison with two years probation after his release. He was sentenced to pay a $500,000 fine, $250,000 in restitution to the insurance company, and the cost of his prison stay. He was expelled from the American Horse Shows Association (“AHSA”), and upon his release, filed a $100 million antitrust suit against the AHSA for refusing to allow him to compete. Federal investigators believe that over 50 horses were killed between the mid-1970s and mid-1990s in acts of insurance fraud. Lindemann was one of 23 people indicted for charges related to the scandal, which received national media attention at the time and rocked the world of equestrian sports
Since his release following a 21-month prison stay, Lindemann has attempted to rehabilitate his image with philanthropic activity and now runs a real estate development company. He has made sizable contributions to Democratic and Republican candidates, committees and PACs. A few of these contributions have been returned. Recently, in June 2009, Lindemann received press coverage when Florida gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink removed Lindemann as a host of a fundraising event. Similarly, Chuck Schumer returned contributions from Lindemann in 2004.
[New York Post, 2/17/2010] * SINK STEPS BACK FROM 3 SUPPORTERS “In politics, you are defined by the company you keep — especially when that company is bearing checks. Alex Sink learned this the hard way when an invitation for her Monday fundraiser in Miami Beach listed two donors with checkered pasts. The leading Democratic contender for governor, a buttoned-down former banker, decided to dump both donors for fear they would be used to smear her….
Turns out that one of the event’s co-chairs, George Lindemann, wealthy chairman of the Bass Art Musem’s board of trustees, served time for ordering a hit on his show horse and collecting $250,000 in insurance money. He was sentenced in 1996 to 33 months in prison. ‘[P]ublicist Seth Gordon, was removed as a volunteer campaign advisor to Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundlein 2000 after police told her he was a suspect in the 1975 death of his first wife. Gordon has denied murdering her and never been charged. Gordon, who recruited Lindemann to help Sink, defended his friend and noted his involvement in civic causes. ‘‘George doesn’t deserve to continue to be a punching bag. He has contributed to every Democratic presidential candidate, and no one has ever suggested that they didn’t want his money,” Gordon said. Indeed, Lindemann has donated generously to a slew of candidates, including U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek,U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson and former presidential contender Hillary Clinton.