Federal Prosecutors Mull New Charges In Parnas Case That Could Draw In Giuliani
Federal prosecutors in New York are considering new charges against Lev Parnas that would bring their investigation closer to President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, according to The Hill.
The new charges involve Parnas’ company, Fraud Guarantee, and would include his business partner and fellow Giuliani associate Igor Fruman. The pair would be charged with misleading investors, The Hill reported. Giuliani was paid $500,000 in consulting fees for the company.
Around the same time as the payment, Giuliani, Parnas and Fruman were working together to find information on former Vice President Joe Biden in Ukraine — the issue at the heart of Democrats’ impeachment case against Trump.
An attorney for Giuliani told CNN that his client had nothing to do with investor pitches or marketing for Fraud Guarantee, which was founded in 2013 by Parnas and his business partner David Correia and billed “as an insurance policy for companies to protect against fraud.”
Parnas, Fruman, Correia and a fourth associate, Andrey Kukushkin, were all charged by federal prosecutors with campaign finance violations, and all four have pleaded not guilty.
Whether new charges are imminent is not yet clear, The Hill reported.
"We have taken into account prosecutors' statements that they might bring additional charges against Mr. Parnas and others since the inception of this case. We are therefore not surprised, and remain prepared to defend Mr. Parnas against any such charges," Parnas attorney Joseph Bondy told CNN.