May 18, 1996 |
A judge granted Rep. Enid Greene (R-Utah) a divorce from her estranged husband, Joseph Waldholtz, whose alleged mishandling of campaign funds brought her promising political career to an abrupt end. Judge William Thorne granted the request during a 20-minute hearing but said questions regarding custody of the couple's baby, Elizabeth, and other issues will be determined at a later date.
May 11, 1996 |
Joseph Waldholtz, the estranged husband of Rep. Enid Greene (R-Utah), pleaded not guilty in federal court Friday to a 27-count bank fraud indictment. U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson set a hearing for May 30 and allowed Waldholtz to remain free without bail. However, she also required Waldholtz, who is living at his parents' home in Pittsburgh, Pa., to check in daily by phone with an FBI agent and travel only between Pittsburgh and Washington. Waldholtz's passport has been revoked.
September 26, 1996 |
Prosecutors demanded the immediate imprisonment of Joseph Waldholtz on Wednesday, alleging that the ex-husband of Rep. Enid Greene (R-Utah) used heroin and continued to write bad checks as he awaited sentencing for bank fraud and other misdeeds. Waldholtz's lawyer, Barbara Nicastro, was not available for comment. U.S. Atty. Eric H. Holder alleged in papers filed with the court that Waldholtz's violations included: * Using heroin daily for at least several weeks.
November 8, 1996 |
As his congresswoman ex-wife dabbed at her eyes, Joseph Waldholtz was sentenced to 37 months in prison Thursday for felonies that included a $3-million check-kiting scheme in her 1994 campaign. "I'm relieved my long nightmare is over," Rep. Enid Greene (R-Utah) said afterward. She wept openly during the court session, twisting a handkerchief as she listened to the judge chastise the man she divorced in June. "This is a very sad day for me," she said outside the courtroom.
December 9, 1995 |
It's hard to know whether the strange saga of Rep. Enid Greene Waldholtz (R-Utah) is a profound personal tragedy or an uproarious political farce. Maybe there is no great difference. In the eyes of many here, only a writer of tragedy or slapstick could have invented lead players like this: the earnest first-term congresswoman and her conniving husband with the bogus fortune, caught in a skein of unbridled ambition, false identity and ingenious deceit.
December 12, 1995 |
In an emotional "tell-all" appearance that lasted more than 4 1/2 hours, Rep. Enid Greene Waldholtz (R-Utah) on Monday said that blind love made her the innocent dupe of a husband who defrauded her family and possibly financed her 1994 campaign with tainted money. Speaking publicly about the scandal for the first time, Waldholtz also apologized, saying that she had been tricked by her estranged husband into filing false campaign reports and income tax returns.