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Jan 15th, 2003, 01:03 AM
Subject of Clinton pardon arrested on tax evasion charge
By The Associated Press

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/4945036.htm

MIAMI - A California businessman pardoned by former President Clinton for a 1983 fraud conviction involving a hair-growth product has been arrested on tax evasion charges, authorities said Tuesday.

Internal Revenue Service agents took Almon Glenn Braswell into custody Monday, and he was scheduled for an initial court appearance before a federal magistrate Tuesday afternoon.

Braswell, 59, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles last year. The charges were sealed until the court hearing.

It was not immediately known whether Braswell had an attorney in Miami to represent him. Since the charges originated in California, he would be subject to federal removal, which is similar to state extradition.

Clinton granted 177 pardons and clemencies just before leaving office in 2001. Braswell's pardon became one of the most criticized after it was learned the president's brother-in-law had been paid $200,000 for working on the case. Hugh Rodham later returned the money.

Braswell was a target of federal investigators when he asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination at a hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging examining his dietary supplement business in September 2001.

Braswell's companies, including Gero Vita International, market Prostata for prostate health, Testerex for sexual vitality and Serezac for depression. Former CFO Michael O'Neil has said Braswell's advertising was deceptive for products that fail to deliver the promised results.

The mail-order business lists a return address in Toronto, Canada, but company employees are based in Marina Del Rey, Calif.

Braswell, then a Miami businessman, was pardoned by Clinton for his fraud conviction stemming from false claims in 1983 about a baldness treatment.