Fraud Trial of John Liu's Former Aides Delayed, Report Says

By Julie Shapiro on February 1, 2013 9:21pm 

 The fraud trial of two of Comptroller John Liu's former aides was scheduled to start Feb. 4, 2013, but it has been delayed.
The fraud trial of two of Comptroller John Liu's former aides was scheduled to start Feb. 4, 2013, but it has been delayed.
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NEW YORK — The fraud trial of two former aides to City Comptroller John Liu has been delayed after questions emerged about the mental health of one of the aides, according to a report.

Oliver Pan, a top fundraiser, and Jenny Hou, Liu's campaign treasurer, were scheduled to go on trial Monday to face federal campaign financing fraud charges.

But on Friday, Judge Richard Sullivan postponed the trial until at least Wednesday, based on a report about Pan's mental health, the Associated Press reported.

Pan's lawyer did not immediately return a call for comment.

Hou and Pan are accused of using straw donors to funnel illegal contributions that are far above the legal limit into Liu's campaign chest. They previously pleaded not guilty.

Liu is expected to be one of the major Democratic contenders in the mayoral race this year.

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