Robert Durell / LAT
If this story weren't true somebody would make it up. In the early 1990s, businessman Norman Hsu, who once had been kidnapped in San Francisco by a Chinatown gang in a debt dispute, pleaded no contest to grand theft in a scheme that cost investors $1 million. Then he disappeared. During his at-large interlude, Hsu became one of the Democratic Party's most successful bundlers of campaign cash. Seen here last Friday, Hsu turned himself in at the San Mateo County Courthouse on the old charges, and was granted bail of $2 million as the FBI opened an investigation into his campaign donations. He was to reappear Wednesday to face the old fraud charges. Except he didn't, and nobody--not his lawyer, not law enforcement authorities--knew where he was. On Thursday he was arrested again--after he had fallen ill on a train in Colorado.
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