Chelsea Clinton will be marrying Marc Mezvinsky on Saturday and the city of Rhinebeck is flooded with the curious and security (one resident said to NY1, "I think I just saw secret servicemen over at the Burts Bees corner of CVS"). One of the proudest people is likely Mezvinsky's father, Edward, a former Congressman who went to prison for fraud. He told Inside Edition, "I’m remorseful for what happened, it was a terrible time, and I was punished for that. And I respect that and accept responsibility for what happened, and now I’m trying to move on and am grateful I have the opportunity for that."
What kind of fraud did the senior Mezvinsky committ? Well, the kind that stems from Nigerian email scams: According to the Blotter, "Prosecutors say Mezvinsky used his connections to the Clintons and his son's social relationship with Chelsea to persuade people to give him money to participate in the scams. Mezvinsky traveled to Nigeria numerous times and ultimately lost more than $3 million as a victim of the scammers. Prosecutors say Mezvinsky fell particularly hard for what is known as the "black money" scam. Victims are told millions of dollars have been coated with black ink so the money could be smuggled out of Nigeria." He told the Des Moines Register, "The man later came out with a chemical, threw it on the money, and it all turned to $100 bills. He gave me 10 to have them tested back home. And they were real."
But about the wedding: Mezvinsky happily said to Inside Edition, "I’m a proud papa and I think the siblings are really excited. The family’s excited. We all hope we can get through this without getting teary-eyed and stand up…We have a lot to be thankful for. These two are wonderful human beings that have a sensitivity about life and have a warm regard for family, and that’s really what it’s all about, in the long run, is how you deal with your family and enjoy the moment and be thankful for that.”