Giuliani Associates Due in Court 10/23 06:17
NEW YORK (AP) -- Two associates of Rudy Giuliani are to be arraigned
Wednesday on charges they used straw donors to make illegal campaign
contributions to politicians and committees to advance their business interests.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were expected to plead not guilty in federal
court in Manhattan in a case that's cast a harsh light on the business dealings
of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
Prosecutors say Parnas and Fruman made donations while lobbying U.S.
politicians to oust the country's ambassador to Ukraine. Giuliani --- who at
the time was trying to get Ukrainian officials to investigate the son of
Trump's potential Democratic challenger, Joe Biden --- has said he knew nothing
about the donations.
Prosecutors say Parnas and Fruman worked with two other men, David Correia
and Andrey Kukushkin, in a separate scheme to make illegal campaign donations
to politicians in several states in an attempt to get support for a new
recreational marijuana business.
Correia and Kukushkin pleaded not guilty last week at a hearing where
prosecutor said evidence includes data from over 50 bank accounts and
information gathered through 10 search warrants. The prosecutor told the judge
that the government's investigation is ongoing.
All the defendants are U.S. citizens, but Kukushkin and Parnas were born in
Ukraine and Fruman in Belarus. All are free on bail.