Giuliani associate Igor Fruman who searched for Biden dirt in Ukraine jailed for campaign finance violation

The Florida businessman will also have to pay a $10,000 fine

Graig Graziosi
Friday 21 January 2022 20:51

Related video: Giuliani On Biden/Ukraine

Russian-born Igor Fruman, a Florida businessman who helped former Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani search for dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine ahead of the 2020 election has been sentenced to a year in prison for an unrelated campaign finance charge .

Fruman will also have to pay a $10,000 fine.

He was ordered to report to prison on 14 March. In September he pleaded guilty to a single charge of solicitation of a contribution by a foreign national.

In his plea, he admitted to soliciting a million dollars from Russian businessman Andrey Muraviev. The money was intended to be used as a donation to Republicans in Nevada, Florida, and other states to gain their backing for a recreational marijuana business.

Mr Fruman's sentence could have been far worse – federal prosecutors were pushing Judge Paul Oetken to give him between three and four years in prison, according to SFGate.

His defence attorneys argued that he should not face any prison time because he does not have a criminal record.

Lev Parnas, another Florida businessman who assisted Mr Giuliani in his search for compromising information on the Bidens, was also charged in the case. He was convicted in October and is still awaiting sentencing.

The men acted as go-betweens for Mr Giuliani and Ukrainian officials and business leaders. The former mayor of New York wanted the country to investigate Mr Biden's son, Hunter, and his work at an energy company based in Ukraine.

None of the men involved in that scheme have faced related charges from federal prosecutors. They opted instead to focus on their campaign finance violations.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt both received funding from the illegal Russian donations, though both men have claimed they were unaware of the money's source.

Though Mr Giuliani was not caught up in the campaign finance investigation, he is facing an ongoing inquiry into whether he was obligated to register as an agent of a foreign government due to his dealings with Ukraine.

That investigation hinges on whether or not Mr Giuliani offered to lobby or influence Mr Trump for the Ukrainian leaders. The president's former lawyer has previously said everything he did in Ukraine was for Mr Trump, and as such he would have no reason to register as a foreign agent.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in