A friend of Butynol accused of U.S. fraud and money laundering
WASHINGTON, 7 Feb — RIA Novosti. An American citizen, Paul Erickson, who had been a romantic relationship with the detained citizen of the Russian Federation Marie Boutin, is accused of fraud and money laundering, announced the U.S. attorney’s office for South Dakota.
Charges Erickson, who is 56, was charged February 5, and on Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty at a preliminary hearing in court.
Erickson is charged with 11 criminal episodes, the maximum term for him — up to 20 years in prison on each charge and a fine of up to $ 250 thousand.
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The indictment States that from 1996 to August 2018 Erickson was engaged in attraction of investors by giving them false promises. Among the projects in which Erickson called to invest a wheelchair, the toilet, the construction of nursing homes and projects in the field of real estate in North Dakota.
The charges are not related to the matter of Butynol.
Erickson released to the process, the date of which has yet to be announced, said the U.S. attorney’s office.
Butina was arrested in 2018 and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to illegal work for the Russian government — otherwise, she faced up to 20 years in prison. Butina said that Erickson helped her to establish informal contacts in the US, in particular, with the National rifle Association.
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