A Russian lawyer who became a focal point of the investigation into whether there was collusion between Russians and President Donald Trump's election campaign has been charged with obstruction of justice in an unrelated case. The money allegedly came from an elaborate scheme in which the Russian criminal organization stole the identities of companies and filed fake lawsuits to obtain refunds for losses that they never incurred.
Veselnitskaya is not in the U.S. and it's unlikely that she'll ever see court or be taken into custody unless she leaves Russian Federation. According to The New York Times, Khodorkovsky said the emails were deposited in his company's electronic dropbox.
It alleges that Veselnitskaya presented the court with exculpatory evidence that she said were findings by the Russian government.
In the fraud case, filed in 2013, the prosecutors in the Southern District accused Prevezon and other defendants of using real estate purchases in NY to launder a small portion of the profits of an elaborate $230 million (U.S.) Russian tax fraud scheme.
Veselnitskaya, a 43-year-old attorney based in Russian Federation, did not respond to a telephone call and text message from The Associated Press. Trump's team of aides in the meeting appeared to be baffled by her focus on this, instead of the promised dirt on Clinton, according to testimony released by the Senate Judiciary Committee about the meeting.
Yet in July, 2017, Kremlin officials said they don't know Veselnitskaya.
Ms Veselnitskaya has been accused of making misleading statements about her involvement in the response to the U.S. courts during the case. The case was settled in 2017 with Prevezon agreeing to pay $5.9 million in fines. Fusion compiled reports questioning Browder's claims about Magnitsky and the Prevezon case. Magnitsky - the namesake for the USA law - died in Russian prison after reportedly investigating tax fraud that affected a company belonging to financier William Browder.
Prevezon Holdings, the company at the centre of the case, was ordered to pay nearly $6m ($5m) to the United States government in a civil settlement. When Hermitage employee Sergei Magnitsky reported evidence that corrupt Russian officials had pulled off the theft, some of those same officials arrested Magnitsky and kept him in prison until he died. Browder has been convicted of tax fraud in Russian Federation, but has avoided extradition by campaigning in the West to brand Moscow a human rights violator over the death of his accountant, Sergey Magnitsky - after whom the far-reaching USA sanctions legislation was dubbed the Magnitsky Act.
She said in the questionnaire that she attended the meeting to lobby for a re-examination of the Magnitsky Act.