The court in the state of South Dakota July 6, was sentenced businessman and lobbyist Paul Erickson to seven years imprisonment for fraud, cheating investors and money-laundering in the large size, reported edition of the Argus Leader.
In the field of view of the law enforcement system of the United States Erickson hit because of the romantic connection with Marie Boutin, a Russian woman, which was condemned and deported for trying to influence politicians in the United States without registering as a foreign agent.
The prosecution relates to novel Erickson and Butynol, as well as offences incriminated to the Russian. The investigation said that the man from 1996 to 2018 created several illegal investment schemes, drawing and appropriating the money of depositors. The judge in the verdict mentioned among the victims of the fraud former classmates, family members, and the godmother Erickson. In total, he misappropriated more than $5.3 million
The lawyer asked the court to allow the convict to serve his sentence at home because he had surgery to replace a heart valve, and in a correctional institution at risk of Contracting coronavirus. The court rejected the petition; Erickson obliged to report to jail July 20.
The businessman was known as an activist and lobbyist, defended the interests of the conservative wing of the Republican party. In 1992 he participated in the campaign for the nomination Pat Buchanan for President of the United States.
With 2000 years of Erickson and his company appeared three times in court proceedings in cases of fraud.
With Butynol he met because of their common interest in the legalization of weapons. The FBI believed that a couple in 2015, entered into a conspiracy with a number of individuals to the Russian operated in the United States under the leadership of “high-ranking official of the Russian Federation” without going through the proper registration with the justice authorities of the United States. According to media reports, this official could be a former Russian Senator Alexander Torshin.
Butino detained July 15, 2018 in Washington. 13 December 2018 it is partially pleaded guilty of conspiracy with the aim to harm the United States.
26 APR 2019 Butina was sentenced to 18 months in prison. The court credited the nine months she spent in prison after his arrest. 26 Oct 2019 she was deported to Russia after release from correctional institutions in Florida, where she was serving a sentence.