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Ex-Giuliani associate Parnas found guilty of violating U.S. campaign finance law

Lev Parnas, a former associate of Rudy Giuliani, has been found guilty of violating US campaign finance laws during the 2018 elections. Parnas was accused of soliciting funds from Russian businessman Andrey Muraviev to donate to candidates in states where the group was seeking licenses to operate cannabis businesses in 2018. Parnas was also found guilty of concealing that he and Igor Fruman, who pleaded guilty in September, were the true source of a donation to a group supporting Republican then-President Trump. Parnas faced six counts of federal election law violations, including illegally helping a foreigner contribute to a US election campaign, making contributions in the names of others, and lying to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). Parnas was found guilty on all counts. Andrey Kukushkin, a Muraviev associate and California resident who was tried alongside Parnas, was found guilty on Friday of two counts of campaign finance violations. The trial has drawn attention because of the role that Parnas and Belarus-born US citizen Fruman played in helping Giuliani to investigate Democrat Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential campaign.  Parnas and Kukushkin have not been detained, and sentencing is scheduled for February 16 for Kukushkin. Parnas, who faces another possible trial on separate fraud charges, has not had a sentencing date set.

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