Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Giuliani associate Lev Parnas's bail
Federal prosecutors are asking a district court judge to revoke bail for Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiConservative group hits White House with billboard ads: ‘What is Trump hiding?’ Senate confirms Trump’s Russia ambassador Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Giuliani associate Lev Parnas’s bail MORE associate Lev Parnas, who is charged with campaign finance violations, according to USA Today.
In a letter on Wednesday to U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken, prosecutors for the Southern District of New York reportedly wrote that Parnas lied about his assets and attempted to mislead his pretrial supervising officer. Parnas, despite giving his net worth as just over $450,000, provided documentation of assets totaling $43,500, they added.
Prosecutors also wrote that Parnas did not inform them of a $1 million transfer he received from a Russian bank account in September, according to the newspaper.
“Parnas poses an extreme risk of flight and that risk of flight is only compounded by his continued and troubling misrepresentations to … the government,” prosecutors wrote. “Accordingly, the government moves to revoke Parnas’ bail and seeks his remand pending trial.”
Prosecutors said in the filing that the $1 million transfer was sent to an account in the name of Parnas’s wife, Svetlana Parnas, and appeared to be “an attempt to ensure that any assets were held in Svetlana’s, rather than Lev’s, name,” according to Bloomberg.
“The majority of that money appears to have been used on personal expenses and to purchase a home,” prosecutors added.
Lev Parnas had earlier asked the judge to lighten the conditions of the home confinement, which were imposed after he was released on a $20,000 bond.
Parnas and another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, were arrested in October in connection with an alleged straw donor scheme to contribute hundreds of thousands to numerous Republican committees.
Giuliani, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE‘s personal lawyer, is not charged in the alleged scheme.