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All 4 Men in Probe of Giuliani Associates Are in Custody

They are expected to appear in federal court Thursday
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2019 11:48 AM CDT
This Facebook screen shot provided by The Campaign Legal Center, shows in the left photo, Lev Parnas, left, with former Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas. In the right photo from left are Lev Parnas, former...   (The Campaign Legal Center via AP)

(Newser) – The fourth and final man wanted in a campaign finance case involving Rudy Giuliani associates has been arrested. David Correia, the Florida man who was named in a grand jury indictment along with three other men on campaign finance violation charges, was taken into federal custody Wednesday at New York City's Kennedy Airport, the AP reports. Two other Florida businessmen, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman (who hail from Ukraine and Belarus, respectively), were arrested last Wednesday, and Ukrainian-born California businessman Andrey Kukushkin was arrested Thursday in San Francisco. Correia was born in the US; all four men are US citizens, CBS San Francisco reports.

They are accused of funneling foreign money into US elections, CNN reports, with the Miami Herald reporting Parnas and Fruman allegedly got $1 million in wire transfers from an unnamed foreigner to put toward amassing political support for a new recreational marijuana business. Correia and Kukushkin allegedly conspired with the men to make those donations while trying to secure a recreational pot license, reports the Washington Post. Giuliani, President Trump's personal lawyer, denies any knowledge of illegal campaign donations. All are expected to appear in federal court in Manhattan Thursday. (Read more Rudy Giuliani stories.)

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