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According to testimony Paulzak gave earlier this month to Meggs’ investigator,
Paulzak told Anderson he thought that by hiring Sansom and paying him
Anderson and Meggs see the association as quid pro quo, according to Paulzak.
“They’re trying to tie in some conspiracy with me helping Ray get a job,” Paulzak told the
Sansom, the former
Paulzak — who told Anderson at the beginning of the interview that he didn’t want to be there — said Odom approached him after Sansom was forced to resign from the House.
Paulzak told Anderson that Odom asked him to help Sansom get an insurance license or find a job.
“There was never a sit-down where it was like, ‘Hey Jay, you owe me this and I’m going to do this,’ ” Paulzak told Anderson. “I knew I owed Jay, but whether I owed him or not I would have helped Ray.”
Paulzak said that he’d never met Sansom prior to trying to help him “get back on his feet,” but that he knew of him and respected him.
He said the debt he owed Odom “was somewhat floating” but he believed that by helping Sansom he was reducing his indebtedness.
“It (the debt) maybe would have been forgiven and maybe not,” he said. “I assumed that the debt would be lessened.”
Paulzak said he felt sorry for Sansom, whose life had been “ruined in every way” by authorities and the media.
Paulzak told Anderson that his efforts to help Sansom get an insurance license failed because of Sansom’s pending felony charges.
He said he did manage to land Sansom jobs with two local businesses, but said it was he who paid Sansom’s salary.
“He needed to start a new career,” Paulzak told Anderson. “I believe that Jay wanted to help him.”
Paulzak told Anderson that he had been interviewed by the
“He told me if I supported this friend of his he would help me raise money if I ran for the state
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