US calls for up to 46 months in prison for former associate of Giuliani Fruman

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By Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors said on Friday that Igor Fruman, a former associate of Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani who helped gather damaging information about Joe Biden, should drop 37 to 46 months in jail after pleading guilty in an unrelated campaign finance case.

In a Manhattan federal court filing, prosecutors called the sentence sufficient to punish Fruman for his “primary role” in soliciting $1 million in foreign contributions “for the express purpose of using that money to influence the American elections”.

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The proposed sentence reflects recommended federal sentencing guidelines. U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken is due to sentence Fruman on January 21.

Todd Blanche, an attorney for Fruman, declined to comment.

Last Friday, he recommended that his client not be jailed, citing Fruman’s more than two years of house arrest and acceptance of responsibility among other reasons.

Oetken also presided over a trial in October where co-defendant Lev Parnas, another former Giuliani associate, was found guilty https://www.Reuters.com/world/us/ex-giuliani-associate-parnas-found-guilty -violating-us-campaign-finance-law-2021-10-22 for violating campaign finance laws.

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Another co-accused, Andrey Kukushkin, was also found guilty during this trial.

Belarusian-born Fruman and Ukrainian-born businessman Parnas was originally charged in October 2019 with concealing an illegal donation of $325,000 to support former President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Fruman’s plea was for a separate effort to obtain legal recreational marijuana distribution licenses.

In his address https://www.Reuters.com/legal/government/igor-fruman-ex-associate-giuliani-says-he-will-plead-guilty-2021-09-10, Fruman said he had considered making donations to Democratic and Republican officials in U.S. states where it wished to operate, and sent a list of those officials to the foreign national.

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He said he had “little experience” with the rules governing political donations, but “generally understood” that foreign nationals should not make such donations in the United States.

Before the charges were brought, Giuliani enlisted Fruman and Parnas to help uncover the dirt on then-presidential candidate and now US president Biden and his son Hunter.

Giuliani has not been charged and has denied any wrongdoing.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by David Gregorio)

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