Former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas convicted in campaign finance case, including illegal donation to Trump PAC

Lev Parnas is a Ukrainian-American businessman who was once an associate of Giuliani. He left the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, New York on October 13, 2021.
Lev Parnas was a former associate to Rudy Giuliani and was found guilty of numerous federal campaign finance criminal charges. These included illegal donations to a political committee that supported then-President Donald Trump.

Andrey Kukushin was also convicted in the U.S. District Court of Manhattan. This happened just a day after defense and prosecutors had withdrawn their cases from a two-week-long trial.

The men were convicted and charged with using money from Andrey Muraviev, a Russian man, to pay political candidates in the United States. This was purportedly to fund a business to produce recreational marijuana. The United States bans foreigners from making political contributions.

Parnas, 49 was also convicted of illegally donating to PACs that support Republicans, committees which included a Trump super-PAC.

Parnas, a Florida resident, was born in the Soviet Union. He previously played a part in Trump's first impeachment and cooperated with Democratic investigators.

Parnas had assisted Giuliani in his efforts to find dirt on President Joe Biden in Ukraine.

Trump withheld congressionally authorized military aid for the country, while urging its president to investigate the Democrat Biden.

Giuliani is a former federal prosecutor, and mayor of New York.