Igor Fruman arrives in federal court for an impeachment hearing on October 23, 2019 in New York City.
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NEW YORK – Igor Fruman, a former aide to troubled lawyer Rudy Giuliani, agreed to plead guilty in New York federal court on Friday, nearly two years after being charged with crimes including over a campaign of political action pro-Trump. It was an illegal donation.
Co-accused in the same case, Fruman and his business partner Lev Parnas worked with Giuliani in Ukraine in an attempt to unearth damaging information about President Joe Biden while he was a Democrat as a major challenger to the president of the era, Donald Trump. I had emerged. .
As Manhattan federal court hears a change request, Giuliani, who has served as Trump’s personal attorney, himself faces an ongoing criminal investigation by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York .
Giuliani, who denies any wrongdoing, served two terms as mayor of New York City after leading the same attorney’s office for years.
Fruman, born in Ukraine, was initially charged with 10 crimes.
But on Friday, he agreed in court to plead guilty to a single count relating to soliciting campaign contributions from a foreign national.
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Fruman’s expected plea follows an agreement to plead guilty, but he has reportedly agreed not to cooperate with federal prosecutors in ongoing investigations.
Parnas and a third defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, both of whom pleaded not guilty on October 12 in the same courthouse to using Straw campaign donors to hide the source of donated funds and to solicit the campaign. must be judged for the related charges. Contribution of foreigners.
The fourth defendant, David Correa, pleaded guilty last October to misleading investors in a company he started with Parnas, a company called Fraud Guarantee.
The pair were accused of using more than $ 2 million in investor money for personal rather than business expenses.
Giuliani has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in consulting fees from fraudulent warranties.
During his guilty plea, Correa admitted to lying to federal election officials about the source of the $ 325,000 donation to the pro-Trump PAC. Rather than coming from a natural gas company, as Correia claimed, the money actually came from a mortgage granted to Fruman.
Correia, who also had a non-cooperation agreement with federal prosecutors, was sentenced in February to one year in prison.
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