A Ukrainian-born businessman who once helped Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to collect information about the US President-elect Joe Biden, declared in court his innocence in the case of defrauding investors. This happened after his former business partner pleaded guilty.
At a hearing on Monday, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman, and Andrei Kukushkin pleaded not guilty to violating campaign finance laws or other charges. The fourth suspect, David Correia, has pleaded guilty.
District Judge Paul Otchen also agreed to postpone the trial after lawyers for the defendants said it would be impossible to start the trial on March 1, 2021 due to the pandemic and the inability of prosecutors to hand over the necessary documents.
Correia is charged with two main counts: illegal use of foreign money in the US elections and defrauding investors at Fraud Guarantee, which reportedly paid Giuliani $ 500,000.