Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Charged In Money Laundering Case

Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya Charged In Money Laundering Case

The Russian lawyer who attended a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with members of the Trump campaign was charged by federal prosecutors in NY with obstruction of justice in a money-laundering case, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday that highlighted her ties to the Russian government.

Russian lawyer who President Donald Trump's son during the 2016 presidential campaign has been charged with deceiving a United States court in an unrelated civil case.

James Margolin, a spokesman for the Manhattan US Attorney, said the charges were not based on a referral from Mueller's office, which declined to comment on the indictment, and were unrelated to the Trump Tower meeting.

Now prosecutors say she collaborated clandestinely with that office to write an official letter than benefitted her client, the investment firm Prevezon Holdings Ltd., and its owner, Denis P. Katsyv, in the Justice Department's civil fraud case.

You can read the indictment for yourself here. But a federal indictment returned in Manhattan seemed to confirm that Veselnitskaya had deep ties to senior Russian government officials. The suit does not touch on the Trump Tower meeting or the purported information on Trump's then-opponent, Hillary Clinton, that was alleged to have been offered to the campaign.

"Under the terms of the settlement, the defendants have agreed to pay not just what we alleged flowed to them from the Russian treasury fraud, but three times that amount, and roughly 10 times the money we alleged could be traced directly into USA accounts and real estate", then acting USA attorney Joon Kim said in a statement at the time the settlement was made.

All this, US officials now allege, was a ruse.

Trump Jr and Kushner have dismissed the meeting as amounting to nothing and mostly involving Russia's ban on American adoptions in response to U.S. sanctions.

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The case, which centered around whether the Russian real-estate firm Prevezon laundered millions into NY real estate, drew attention at the time because of its ties to a separate $230 million Russian tax-fraud scheme that implicated several high-level Kremlin officials and prompted the passage of the 2012 Magnitsky Act.

Prosecutors say Veselnitskaya submitted deceptive declarations to a judge in a civil proceeding involving a Russian tax refund fraud scheme.

In the meeting, Veselnitskaya sought to discuss US sanctions against Russia, a policy staunchly opposed by Putin's government, and the Kremlin's response prohibiting Americans from adopting Russian children.

It alleges that Veselnitskaya presented the court with exculpatory evidence that she said were findings by the Russian government. The scheme was uncovered by Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian legal adviser allegedly beaten to death in prison in 2009 after accusing Kremlin officials of tax fraud.

She cooperated with a senior Russian prosecutor 'in secret'.

The Prevezon case was settled in 2017.

The indictment, which was dated December 20, concerns a $230 million tax fraud case that has shadowed U.S.

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