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Obama fundraiser accused of fraud

WASHINGTON -- A major donor to President Barack Obama has been accused of defrauding a businessman and impersonating a bank official, creating new headaches for Obama's re-election campaign as it deals with the questionable history of another top supporter.

The New York donor, Abake Assongba, and her husband contributed more than $50,000 to Obama's campaign this year, federal records show. Assongba is fending off a civil court case in Florida, where she's accused of thieving more than $650,000 to help build a multimillion-dollar home, a charge her husband denies.

Obama is the only presidential contender this year who released his list of "bundlers," the financiers who raise campaign money by soliciting big contributions from friends and associates. The disclosure has had snags; his campaign returned $200,000 last month to Carlos and Alberto Cardona, the brothers of a Mexican fugitive wanted on federal drug charges.

The Obama campaign pointed out that it has addressed issues with contributions promptly.

About 1.3 million Americans have donated to the campaign.

Assongba was listed on Obama's campaign website as a volunteer fundraiser -- a group of about 440 people.

Obama's campaign declined to comment on whether its vetting procedures are thorough enough.

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