Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas was convicted of campaign finance violations during the 2018 election.

NEW YORK – Lev Parnas, a former associate of former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, will be convicted Wednesday of injecting foreign money into US elections.

Parnas and a co-defendant, Igor Fruman, were known briefly for helping Giuliani investigate Joe Biden in Ukraine, but Parnas also used money from a Russian, Andrey Muraviev, to distribute to candidates. American politician who Parnas thought could help his fledgling cannabis business. .

The defense sought clemency and a fixed sentence, while federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Parnas deserved eight years in prison.

“This court filing shows that Parnas has, over many years, lied, cheated and corrupt for his own benefit,” prosecutors wrote in the sentencing memo. “Parnas puts itself above this country, its investors and the public.”

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Parnas also donated straw to a number of federal candidates, a joint fundraising committee and an independent spending committee set up in Parnas’s behalf to conceal the fact that the donation was funded by others. .

Prosecutors said Parnas began attending a number of political fundraising events and contributed several dollars to reach out and establish himself in the political world.

“Evidence at trial and in court shows that Parnas was involved in a real crime over the course of seven years,” prosecutors said.

The defense admitted Parnas’ offense was serious but said he didn’t need to spend more time in jail.

“Mr Parnas deeply regrets his conduct and intends to repay the victims for his conduct,” defense attorney Joseph Bondy wrote in the sentencing memo. “His family situation is different from that of his accomplices, as Mr Parnas is a father of 3 children under the age of 10, 2 teenagers and an adult son, who have always relied on him for spiritual support and guidance on a daily basis.”

Bondy said Parnas has lived a law-abiding life for nearly three years.

“Mr Parnas has taken on Door Dash delivery, attended Gamblers Anonymous, engaged in marriage and faith counseling, and participated in relief and humanitarian aid efforts in the country,” Bondy said. Ukraine.

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