Natalya Veselnitskaya, Russian lawyer from Trump Tower meeting, charged in unrelated case

Natalya Veselnitskaya, Russian lawyer from Trump Tower meeting, charged in unrelated case

Veselnitskaya was present at a controversial meeting inside Trump Tower in 2016, along with Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, in which damaging information on then-candidate Hillary Clinton is alleged to have been discussed.

Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of NY unsealed a December 20 indictment charging Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, with one count of obstruction of justice in an unrelated civil proceeding connected to a money-laundering case.

The charge against Veselnitskaya was not directly related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of the president's relationship to the Kremlin and whether Trump conspired with Moscow's effort to interfere in USA politics and catapult him into the Oval Office.

According to the unsealed indictment, Veselnitskaya hid from USA officials her role in manufacturing and producing information from the Russian government that allegedly exonerated her clients in United States v. Prevezon Holdings, 13-civ-6326. The U.S. sanctions law named after the accountant, which imposes sanctions on officials implicated in human rights abuses, has become an object of hate for Russia's kleptocratic government.

The fraud scheme involved using stolen corporate identities to obtain Russian tax refunds and funneling the illegal proceeds through a network of shell companies.

The indictment, however, alleges that Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., and other senior campaign members, had close ties to the Russian government.




It's unclear if there was any response from the Trump team to the request from Veselnitskaya concerning the Magnitsky Act. The Russian government has spent years trying to end those sanctions and have Browder arrested.

Natalya Veselnitskaya was charged with fabricating evidence in a 2013 case the USA filed against the Russian firm Prevezon Holdings, which was allegedly involved in a $230 million tax refund fraud scheme in Moscow.

In a release, Angel M. Melendez, head of the NY office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division, said Veselnitskaya "is now a wanted person in the United States for intentionally misleading U.S. investigators".

The parent company of the victim firms hired attorneys to investigate after learning of the sham lawsuits, including Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, and they uncovered the fraud scheme, in which Russian government officials were complicit, American prosecutors said. Fusion GPS also provided information that Veselnitskaya provided to Russia's prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika.

Katzyv eventually settled the case by paying $6 million without an admission of guilt.

These "supposed investigative findings by the Russian government-findings purportedly exonerating Veselnitskaya's clients - under the false pretense that these findings had been independently drafted by the Russian government".

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