Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Florida businessmen and donors to a pro-Trump fundraising committee, were arrested late Wednesday on criminal charges of violating campaign finance rules, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The two men were under investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan and are expected to appear in federal court in Virginia on Thursday.
In May, Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s private lawyer, identified the two men as his clients. Each were charged with four counts, including conspiracy, falsification of records, and lying to the Federal Election Commission about their political donations.
Fruman and Parnas have introduced Giuliani to several current and former senior Ukranian prosecutors to discuss the attorney’s pursuit of an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. In July, Giulani and Parnas attended a breakfast meeting with the former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations, Kurt Volker.
Parnas and Fruman also worked to oust the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Yovanovitch was removed from her post this spring by Trump after he was informed by Giuliani that she was undermining him and hindering efforts to investigate Biden.