A whirlwind of a conspiracy stretching across several states indicates a plot to alter elections and illegally obtain cannabis licenses in Nevada and elsewhere.
according to indictment, which was opened to the public by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York on March 14, the Russian oligarch colluded with US officials to obtain a cannabis license illegally in Nevada. According to federal prosecutors, the actions amount to illegal contributions to the political campaign.
Andrey Muravyev — who happened to be a Russian oligarch — was accused of violating federal campaign finance laws in 2018. Muraviev is accused of illegally funneling donations to former Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt — with the benefit of winning a commercial license to use cannabis for adults in Nevada. Laxalt has Previously accused of bribery.
The news arrives at a time when companies of all kinds are Cut ties with the Russian oligarchsalbeit for a different reason, with the outbreak of the conflict in Ukraine.
Muravyev is accused of conspiring with Lev Parnas, Ukrainian-born Andrei Kokoshkin, Igor Fruman and others – all of whom were convicted at trial or pleaded guilty to related crimes.
The five are accused of masterminding a plot to get $1 million from Muravyev, then making donations to political campaigns to scratch political candidates who could in turn pull leads to help Muravyev and the conspirators get licenses.
A representative from the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB) said: High Times They just discussed this very issue at their last board meeting last December. “Moraviev has been a lender and creditor, and it is the responsibility of the board to see where the money is going,” President Denis Nylander said at the December 14 Cannabis Compliance Board meeting. “In this case, the money came from an individual known to be related to some other individuals who committed serious crimes.” Most council members agreed.
Miami Herald Reports The plot involved obtaining cannabis licenses in several states, but it eventually fizzled out after Parnas, Fruman and two other partners failed to submit the paperwork required on time to obtain licenses in Nevada and elsewhere.
Muravyev made a fortune as the CEO of a Russian cement company and through his holdings in the Russian online payment company QIWI. He had already invested in several cannabis cultivations in California before he got in touch with Parnas and Fruman.
Prosecutors said he believed Muravyev was in Russia and was still at large.
Damian Williams, US Attorney for the Southern District of New Yorkand Michael Driscoll, associate director in charge of the FBI’s New York field office, announced the opening of the seal in press release.
“Allegedly, Andrei Muravyev, a Russian citizen, attempted to influence the 2018 election by conspiring to pay $1 million of his foreign money to candidates and campaigns,” said Michael Driscoll, Assistant Director of the FBI. He tried to corrupt our political system to advance his business interests. The Southern District of New York is committed to rooting out efforts by foreigners to interfere in our elections.”
The actions show that federal prosecutors will not tolerate illegal donations intended to alter elections.
Michael Driscoll, Assistant Director of the FBI, agreed, saying: “It was alleged, Muraviev, a foreign Russian national, made illegal political contributions and conspired with Parnas, Kokoshkin, and Fruman to hide their true source. The money Muravyev allegedly pumped into our political system, It was directed at politicians with opinions favorable to his business interests and those of his co-conspirators. As today’s action makes clear, we will continue to prosecute all those who seek to unlawfully influence our nation’s elections.”
Nevada Independent Reports For which Parnas was convicted last October six counts Concerning the transfer of funds to American campaigns, Laxalt testified at the trial, saying that Parnas promised to conduct a fundraiser that never happened.
Froman appealed Guilty of illegal foreign campaign contributions in September last year.