Lev Parnas, a former associate of President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, was found guilty of six counts of US campaign finance law violations during the 2018 elections.
Parnas was accused of making donations from a foreign national, and he also lied to the Federal Elections Commission. He was tried with another person, Andrey Kukushkin, who also did campaign finance law violations.
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Parnas is accused of asking for donations of $156,000 from Andrey Muraviev. Parnas donated to candidates in states where Muraviev wanted to get a license for cannabis. Parnas also made a $325,000 donation to a super PAC that was backing President Trump through a shell company.
On Friday morning, the jury began to deliberate in the trial. It took about five hours before Parnas was found guilty on six counts. The judge told them that they would do something else separately for other charges later. The prosecutors wanted the judge to jail Parnas before he was sentenced. They thought that he might run away, but the judge thought that this was not true. The judges said that they had enough proof to show him was not a flight risk.
Parnas could get 45 years in prison.