Russian Spy's American Boyfriend Charged with Fraud

Dec 2018
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Boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina charged with fraud

Paul Erickson, long-time Republican activist and boyfriend of convicted Russian spy Maria Butina, has been charged with 11 counts of fraud and/or money laundering. Each count carries up to a 20-year sentence.

Should be noted that on the surface these crimes don't appear to be related to Russia. Though there is a payout to someone with the initials M.B. (possibly Maria Butina) and another series of payments were made around the same time that Maria Butina organized a trip for NRA members to visit Moscow.
 
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Boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina charged with fraud

Paul Erickson, long-time Republican activist and boyfriend of convicted Russian spy Maria Butina, has been charged with 11 counts of fraud and/or money laundering. Each count carries up to a 20-year sentence.

Should be noted that on the surface these crimes don't appear to be related to Russia. Though there is a payout to someone with the initials M.B. (possibly Maria Butina) and another series of payments were made around the same time that Maria Butina organized a trip for NRA members to visit Moscow.
She was using an interest in getting an NRA style movement going in Russia as cover for her activities. She wanted to get closer to the GOP management group so she, with the blessings of the Rooskie govt, ginned up the cover.
MB? Sure they weren't just buying a few board games?