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Trump’s Soviet Chabadnik co-conspirators Parnas, Fruman indicted

(Editor’s note: Trump’s Soviet-born Jewish Chabadnik mob partners Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman visited the gravesite of Chabad Lubavitch false messiah Mendel Menachem Schneerson in 2019)

Trump and Soviet-born Chabad Jew Lev Parnas.

By Rebecca Davis O’Brien
Wall Street Journal
Sept. 18, 2020 Anno Domini

NEW YORK—Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have filed new criminal charges against associates of Rudy Giuliani who were arrested in a campaign-finance case last fall, including fraud allegations related to a Florida fraud-insurance company founded by two of the men.

In an indictment unsealed Thursday, prosecutors alleged that Lev Parnas—a Soviet-born businessman who worked with Mr. Giuliani to push for investigations that could benefit President Trump—duped potential investors in the company, Fraud Guarantee, by misrepresenting how much the company had raised and where the money was going.

At least seven people invested in Fraud Guarantee, for a total of more than $2 million—much of which, prosecutors alleged, went toward personal expenses for Mr. Parnas and his partner, David Correia, who was also charged.

Prosecutors also added addi- tional charges related to alleged schemes charged last fall to vio- late the federal ban on political donations by foreign nationals and to obstruct an inquiry by the Federal Election Commission.

Facebook screenshot provided by The Campaign Legal Center, shows from left, Donald Trump, Jr., Tommy Hicks, Jr., Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, posted on May 21, 2018. (The Campaign Legal Center via AP)

The charges stem from an in- vestigation by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI into the men’s business dealings and political activities, including efforts involving Mr. Giuliani that were at the heart of impeach- ment proceedings against Mr. Trump last year. Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, wasn’t charged or named in the indictment and has denied wrongdoing.

Joseph Bondy, a lawyer for Mr. Parnas, said the superseding indictment “contains no surprises.” He said: “We are pleased that the matter can now move forward.” A lawyer for Mr. Correia didn’t re- spond to a request for comment.

Messrs. Parnas and Correia, along with businessmen Igor Fruman and Andrey Kukushkin, were arrested in October on charges that they conspired to funnel money to U.S. politicians or make illegal contributions of their own. Each pleaded not guilty.

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