Giuliani associate sentenced to one year in prison in campaign finance case

A federal judge on Friday sentenced Igor Fruman, an associate of Rudy GiulaniRudy GiulianiFormer Wisconsin GOP Party Chairman Signals He Will Comply With Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook‘s, to a year and a day in prison for helping channel foreign money to the campaigns of Republican officials in the United States, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken’s sentencing, which also includes a $10,000 fine, came after Fruman pleaded guilty in September to a single charge of soliciting foreign campaign contributions. Fruman and another man, Lev Parnas, had been charged together in the scheme in 2019.

The pair were also allegedly enlisted by Giuliani during the Trump administration to dig up dirt President BidenJoe BidenRussia moves naval drills over Irish concerns Britain’s Johnson says he’s ordered armed forces to prepare for deployment next week amid Ukrainian tensions Youngkin sparks Democratic backlash in Virginia MORE and his son, Hunter Biden, in a scandal that has been the subject of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump says he will treat Jan. 6 rioters ‘fairly’ if re-elected: ‘If it requires pardons, we’ll grant them’ abortion MOREbut unrelated to the federal charges the two had faced.

Federal prosecutors had asked a judge to sentence Fruman to more than three years in prison, in part because of the central role he allegedly played in the scheme.

As part of his plea deal, Fruman admitted to soliciting $1 million from a Russian oligarch, disguising the source of the funds through fictitious donors and other means, then disbursing the money to various candidates. of the GOP in order to buy influence.

Fruman’s defense attorneys had urged the judge not to include any jail time in the sentence.

Parnas was found guilty by a federal jury in October last year of six counts related to the scheme and is awaiting sentencing.

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