George Lyle Lindemann (March 26, 1936 – June 21, 2018) was an American billionaire businessman who was the chairman and chief executive officer of Southern Union, a pipeline company. He also owned 19 Spanish-language radio stations.He ranked #703 on the Forbes 2018 list of the world's billionaires, with a net worth of US$3.3 billion.
According to a local newspaper in Palm Beach,
WikiLeaks emails show DNC spurned donation from horse-killer Lindemann
Hacked email from the Democratic National Committee, which roiled the first day of the party’s national convention in Philadelphia and contributed to the downfall of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has offered a peek into the vetting process the party undertakes when it receives offers of financial assistance.
And, in one case from this year, the emails indicate that the son of a Palm Beach billionaire – convicted 20 years ago for his part in a scheme to kill a show horse and collect insurance money – didn’t pass DNC muster when he sought to make a contribution to the DNC and attend an event featuring President Barack Obama.
After a DNC official forwarded information on George Lindemann Jr.’s background to Robert “Bobby” Schmuck, a special assistant to the president, Schmuck made it clear Lindemann’s help should not be accepted.
“Sorry man,” Schmuck wrote to the DNC staffer. “He fails for everything.”
This isn’t the first time Lindemann’s help has been spurned.
In 2004, U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., returned contributions from Lindemann. Five years later, former gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink dropped him as a supporter after learning of his criminal history.
That history is as colorful as it is cruel. It reads like a Lifetime cable movie script.
In 1995, prosecutors alleged that Lindemann, a noted equestrian who had hoped to compete in the Olympics, conspired to have his show horse, Charisma, killed so he could collect $250,000 in insurance money.
Lindemann’s attorneys argued that $250,000 was a pittance to their client, the son of billionaire cell phone and cable TV magnate George Lindemann Sr.
But a Chicago jury didn’t buy that argument. Lindemann was convicted of three counts of wire fraud and sentenced to 33 months in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Cox, part of the team that prosecuted Lindemann, said he had the horse killed because he did not want to endure the embarrassment of admitting that the horse wasn’t worth what he paid for it.
The Chicago Tribune reported that U.S. Attorney James Burns compared Lindemann to “a very wealthy kid that has a toy that he doesn’t like or gets mad at and throws it on the floor and stomps on it.”