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Breaking: Hsu captured in Colorado; Update: Hsu fell ill on Amtrak; Update: Hsu’s murky immigration status

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By Michelle Malkin  •  September 7, 2007 12:22 AM

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Update 9/7 1:45pm Eastern. Hmmmmm. The foreign funny money mystery just got murkier.

Update 9/7. More details. He was “delirious:”

Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu remained in custody Friday at a Colorado hospital after his arrest days after he failed to show up for a court appearance related to a felony theft conviction.

FBI agents took Hsu into custody late Thursday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., said FBI
spokesman Joseph Schadler.

Hsu was listed in fair condition, hospital vice president Dan Prinster said in a telephone interview. He declined to provide details of Hsu’s ailment, other than to say that Hsu “was delirious (when he arrived)
and had identification.”

1:15am Eastern update. The Grand Junction Sentinel reports that Hsu was captured after getting sick on an Amtrak train: “Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was arrested in Grand Junction tonight, after he failed to show up for a court appearance in California related to a felony theft conviction. FBI agents took Hsu into custody around 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Hospital FBI, spokesman Joseph Schadler said in a statement. Hsu was traveling on an Amtrak train when he became ill. Grand Junction paramedics were summoned to the Amtrak station near downtown about 11 a.m. Thursday to treat a patient, Battalion Chief Robert Ferguson said. The patient, whom Ferguson said he found out eight hours later was a fugitive, was not in great pain, Ferguson said.

Maybe “not in great pain,” but he’s gonna be in a world of hurt.

Checking the Amtrak schedule, he must have been on the California Zephyr, which runs from Northern California through Colorado (with a stop in Grand Junction) and ends up in…Chicago, IL:

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SFGate.com reporting…(Hat tip: William Amos)

Fugitive political fundraiser Norman Hsu, who skipped out on San Mateo County authorities this week rather than face sentencing in a fraud scheme, was apprehended tonight by federal and local lawmen in Grand Junction, Colo.

Authorities said Hsu was taken into custody at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction at 7 p.m. local time. He had been on the lam for almost two days after failing to appear in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday to surrender his passport.

Hsu’s attorney told state prosecutors that he had been on a charter flight that arrived at Oakland International Airport at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and then dropped out of sight, said Gareth Lacy, a spokesman for the state Attorney General’s office.

Grand Junction, Colorado. He was heading south. Path of least resistance.

Wondering what ties Hsu has to Colorado?

Here’s one:

Congressman Mark Udall’s U.S. Senate campaign committee is among dozens of mostly Democratic political organizations to have received a large financial contribution from a New York fundraiser who has been wanted by authorities in California. Federal Election Commission records indicate that Norman Hsu, listed as a resident of New York, gave $1,000 to “Udall for Colorado Inc.” on June 25…”The issue has just been brought to our attention,” Udall campaign manager Mike Melanson said Wednesday evening. He said that once a campaign attorney confirmed that Hsu was listed by authorities as a fugitive from justice, Udall, D-Eldorado Springs, ordered that the money he gave the campaign be given to charity. He said $1,000 will be donated today to the Colorado National Guard Foundation.

This is St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction:

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Nothing yet in any of the Colorado papers. The WSJ is reporting the news, but doesn’t have much more detail:

Disgraced Democratic fund-raiser Norman Hsu was arrested in Colorado late Thursday after a judge issued an arrest warrant when he failed to show up for a court appearance related to a felony theft conviction.

FBI agents took Mr. Hsu into custody at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo., said FBI spokesman Joseph Schadler.

Earlier Thursday, spokesmen for Mr. Hsu and the California Attorney General’s Office said they had no clue about his whereabouts. His lawyers declined to comment.

San Fran Bay Area TV station NBC11 has some tidbits:

Hsu was arrested on federal charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, according to an FBI press release. He may appear in court in Colorado Friday, according to NBC11.

The FBI said they will ask for Hsu to be transported back to California.

Allah had the same reaction I did to reports saying that the federal charges of unlawful flight will be dropped when he lands back in California: Huh?

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Flip Pidot notes that Norman Hsu is still listed by Hillary Clinton’s campaign site as an honored “HillRaiser” (as of 12:36am, his name is still listed):

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Question: Will Democrat Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle return his Hsu money now or not?

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