The Russian attorney who was at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting was charged with obstruction of justice in connection with a civil money laundering and forfeiture case that involved a Russian tax refund fraud scheme. The scheme was previously uncovered by the now deceased Sergei Magnitsky. The attorney's name is Natalia Veselnitskaya and she represented a Cyprus-based real estate holdings company called Prevezon Holdings in a lawsuit revolving around money laundering lawsuit that the Justice Department brought on.
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Veselnitskaya represented Cyprus-based real estate holdings company Prevezon Holdings, in a money laundering lawsuit brought by the Justice Department. In the case, the government sought to prove that Veselnitskaya’s clients had received and laundered a portion of the proceeds of a Russian tax refund fraud scheme involving corrupt Russian officials.
A report by Fox News stated, "Federal prosecutors in New York’s Southern District said on Tuesday that Veselnitskaya submitted to the court an “intentionally misleading declaration in opposition to a government motion.”
The motion, according to SDNY, presented “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.”
“As alleged, however, Veselnitskaya concealed from the Court that she, as a member of the defense team in the Prevezon action, had participated in drafting those supposed exculpatory investigative findings in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor,” federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
“Fabricating evidence – submitting false and deceptive declarations to a federal judge – in an attempt to affect the outcome of pending litigation not only undermines the integrity of the judicial process, but it threatens the ability of our courts and our Government to ensure that justice is done,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. "
Sergei Magnitsky is a Russian legal adviser. He was hired by an American-born British businessman named Bill Browder. Magnitsky's job was to investigate and uncover the details of a big financial fraud scheme in Russia that allegedly involved Russian government officials who were corrupt.
Whatever he found must not have been good. He was imprisoned and beaten to death. The United States passed a law in his name, bringing sanctions to Russian oligarchs who were suspected of laundering money.
Long story short, if someone ever asks you to investigate the government, then say no.
Otherwise you end up in jail and don't make it out.
“Natalia Veselnitskaya— the Russian lawyer at the 2016 Trump Tower meeting— was charged in a separate case with seeking to thwart a DOJ civil fraud investigation into money laundering involving an influential Russian businessman.”https://t.co/dYRQU2UgE5https://t.co/O0CUJh9Gpz pic.twitter.com/jzCL674a01— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) January 8, 2019
Source: foxnews, nbcnews, justice