Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas were indicted Thursday on campaign finance charges connected to the Trump administration.
Two associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were indicted Thursday on campaign finance charges related to the alleged efforts of the Trump administration to dig up dirt in Ukraine on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, according to CNN. Lev Parnas and former Detroiter Igor Fruman were arrested Wednesday at Dulles International Airport with one-way tickets to Vienna. The men will be held in detention until they each secure a $1 million bond, a judge said.
The two men are involved with an illegal effort to influence U.S. politics and policy using foreign funds, according to CNN. Giuliani, who has admitted to working in Ukraine to pressure officials to open an investigation into Biden and his son, Hunter, had lunch with Fruman and Parnas at the Trump International Hotel in Washington hours before they were arrested, the Wall Street Journal reported.
According to the indictment, Fruman and Parnas also asked a U.S. congressman to help get the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine fired and committed to raising tens of thousands of dollars for that congressman’s reelection effort.
According to the Jewish Insider, Fruman and Parnas, who visited Israel last summer, were presented with the National Council of Young Israel’s Chovevei Zion (Lover of Zion) award. Both Parnas and Fruman sit on the board of the Anatevka Jewish Refugee Community, a charity set up to help Ukrainian Jews fleeing violence in the eastern part of the country.
Fruman resided in Metro Detroit before relocating to South Florida.