Russian businessman funded ex-Giuliani associates’ account, court records show

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NEW YORK, Oct 18 (Reuters) – A Russian businessman funded an account utilized by two ex-associates of Rudy Giuliani to donate to U.S. political campaigns, in keeping with paperwork proven in court on Monday.

Prosecutors introduced the monetary records to a Manhattan federal court jury within the second week of the trial of one of many former associates, Lev Parnas, on prices of violating marketing campaign finance legal guidelines.

Prosecutors say the Ukraine-born Parnas and one other Giuliani affiliate, Belarus-born Igor Fruman, illegally funneled cash from Moscow-based businessman Andrey Muraviev to candidates in U.S. states the place the group was in search of licenses to function hashish companies. Parnas pleaded not responsible.

Two Muraviev-owned companies wired $1 million to an account held by Fruman’s FD Import & Export Corp between June and December 2018, financial institution statements confirmed.

That account then paid off greater than 99% of the stability on a bank card account Parnas, Fruman and an organization they based used to make greater than $150,000 in donations to candidates and committees forward of the Nov. 6, 2018 election, the records confirmed.

Fruman pleaded responsible to violating marketing campaign finance legal guidelines in September.

Parnas’ legal professional, Joseph Bondy, mentioned in opening arguments final week that Muraviev’s cash was used for enterprise ventures, not Parnas’ marketing campaign contributions.

The case has drawn consideration due to the function Parnas and Fruman performed in serving to Giuliani – Donald Trump’s former private legal professional and a former New York City mayor – examine Joe Biden forward of the 2020 election. Biden, a Democrat, defeated Republican Trump’s re-election bid.

Giuliani’s legal professional has mentioned the Parnas case is separate from a federal inquiry into whether or not Giuliani violated lobbying legal guidelines whereas working as Trump’s lawyer. Giuliani has not been charged with any crimes and denies wrongdoing

Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York; modifying by Richard Pullin

A combination file picture shows Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas and Russian born businessman Igor Fruman exiting the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York City, October 23, 2019.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/Jefferson Siegel