Two Soviet-born businessmen with ties to Rudy Giuliani were arrested Wednesday on federal charges of violating campaign-finance laws through a six-figure donation they facilitated to President Donald Trump’s official super PAC.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman were taken into custody at Washington’s Dulles airport. A law enforcement official told The Daily Beast the two were headed out of the country and that the timing of the arrest—before 6 pm on Wednesday—was prompted by fears of them escaping prosecution. The Wall Street Journal first reported their arrests.
Parnas and Fruman are charged with making illegal straw donations, including a $325,000 contribution to the group America First Action. As The Daily Beast first reported, that donation actually came from an entirely different, undisclosed company owned by Parnas. It is illegal to donate to federal political candidates in the name of another person or entity.