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Claire Risoldi, Notorious Bucks County Socialite, Dies At 76

Calire Risoldi was ordered to serve prison time, but she never did.

Claire Risoldi.
Credit: PA Attorney General’s Office

Claire Risoldi, a prominent socialite in Bucks County and former Republican fundraiser known for lavish events, died in mid-July, according to a report. reported Friday night that Michael Diamonstein, Risoldi’s attorney, confirmed she died on July 14. The lawyer did not provide further details on Risoldi’s death.

No public obituary for the controversial figure has been released yet.

Risoldi was known as a wealthy socialite who lived in her Clairemont Estate on Stoney Hill Road in Buckingham Township, but her reputation was tarnished by her conviction for defrauding insurance companies of millions of dollars.

She was sentenced in 2019 to 11.5 and 23 months in prison and an eight-year period of probation. Additionally, she was ordered to pay millions in restitution to insurance companies for exaggerated insurance claims.

However, Risoldi appealed her case and did not serve any time of her prison sentence by the time she died.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office prosecuted Risoldi and said during a trial that the socialite and her family conspired to trick insurers after three fires at their estate between 2009 and 2013.

Risoldi and five others were charged in 2015. One of those charged was former Bucks County Sheriff’s Office supervisor Thomas French, who was Risoldi’s husband. He killed himself before the case made it to trial.

The 10-acre Clairemont Estate was purchased by Risoldi’s husband for $900,000 in 2000, but it ended up being auctioned off by the attorney general’s office in 2019 for $750,000.

In 2015, the New Hope Free Press broke the news that the Clairemont Estate had a painting with likenesses of the family painted onto the ceiling.

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