Under the deal with the NY attorney-general's office, Evgeny Freidman, a Russian immigrant known as the Taxi King, specifically agreed to assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, a source said.
Under the agreement, the partner, Evgeny A. Freidman, a Russian immigrant who is known as the Taxi King, will avoid jail time, and will assist government prosecutors in state or federal investigations, according to a person briefed on the matter...
Freidman pleaded guilty Tuesday to pocketing $5 million in passenger fees that were supposed to fund public transportation.
Cohen took to Twitter Wednesday morning to distance himself from the "Taxi King".
The special master, former federal judge Barbara Jones, is tasked with reviewing whether the seized documents are protected by attorney-client privilege before turning documents that are not protected over to prosecutors, who are investigating Cohen for possible crimes related to his business dealings.
The claims line up with those of porn star Stormy Daniels" lawyer Michael Avenatti, who said Suspicious Activity Reports filed by Cohen's bank to US Treasury officials revealed payments from "Ukrainian interests'.
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As part of the NY probe, prosecutors are investigating Cohen for possible campaign finance violations and bank fraud. He owed five million in taxes, faced four counts of criminal tax fraud, and one count of grand larceny.
The Ukrainian MP was later put in touch with Cohen after using personal contacts at a Jewish charity in NY. "Gene Freidman and I are not partners and have never been partners in this business or any others". If Cohen wants to save his own skin, he'll need to work out a plea deal as well and hand over all of his info on Donald Trump.
Freidman, known as New York's "Taxi King", was indicted on state charges previous year by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who alleged Freidman and others failed to pay $5 million in MTA surcharges between 2012 and 2015. "Freidman pocketed money that should have provided much-needed investment in our transit system - and now he'll have to pay back every cent".
It suggests that Cohen broke a USA law requiring people to register as lobbyists for foreign governments. Mr Cohen was paid $400,000. One such report found that Felix Sater, a member of the Port Washington Chabad and its 2010 and 2014 "man of the year", had met with Cohen in January 2017 to orchestrate an end to the sanctions.
Freidman's lawyer, Patrick Egan, declined to comment on the Times report.
"This is me taking responsibility for my actions and has nothing to do w/mc", Friedman wrote to the newspaper.