Former Giuliani associate Igor Fruman guilty in campaign charge

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Fruman and associate Lev Parnas concealed an illegal $325,000 donation to support Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. Igor Fruman, who tried to find damaging information in Ukraine about then-US presidential candidate Joe Biden before the 2020 election, pleaded guilty on Friday to one criminal count in a campaign finance case. Fruman, 56, a former associate of former US President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, admitted at a US District Court hearing in New York City to soliciting money from a foreign national. Fruman becomes the latest person associated with Trump to face criminal charges. Eight others have been charged or pleaded guilty to crimes including lying to Congress, obstruction of justice, lying to the FBI, conspiracy, witness tampering, and bank and tax fraud. They and another defendant, Andrey Kukushkin, were also charged with illegally using donations to US politicians from a Russian businessman to obtain legal recreational cannabis distribution licences. Prosecutors said Fruman and Parnas also aided an effort to remove then-US ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, who Trump fired in May 2019.

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