Parnas and Furman were hired by Giuliani to try and persuade Ukrainian officials to investigate former vice president and 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden for possible corruption.
In the grand jury indictment issued last week by Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of NY, the two associates of Giuliani are accused of setting up a shell company, Global Energy Producers LLC, to hide the foreign sourcing of a $325,000 donation to America First Action, a pro-Trump super PAC. The investigation, which is being led by the US attorney's office in the Southern District of NY, which Giuliani once led, also reportedly encompasses whether Giuliani committed crimes along with two of his business associates: Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
Parnas and Fruman were also charged with a straw donor scheme.
Giuliani is President Donald Trump's personal lawyer and a former New York City mayor.
Kukushkin and Correia allegedly conspired with Fruman and Parnas to funnel money from a Russian pot investor into state-level Nevada electoral campaigns, part of a convoluted plan to get marijuana retail licenses after the group missed a key Nevada deadline.
Giuliani, the former mayor of NY, has said he is unaware of any illegal campaign contributions by Parnas and Fruman and that he has not reviewed the evidence presented in their case.
This Facebook screen shot provided by The Campaign Legal Center, shows from left, Donald Trump, Jr., Tommy Hicks, Jr., Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, posted on May 21, 2018. Fruman and Parnas, both South Florida residents, have been subpoenaed by three House committees leading an impeachment investigation into Trump's efforts to dig up dirt on Biden in Ukraine.
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Instead, the pair and two others, David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin are alleged to have funneled a Russian businessman's money into USA campaigns and of a conspiracy to skirt campaign finance requirements as they pushed Ukrainian political interests in the US.
Fruman and Parnas asked a U.S. congressman, who is not named in the indictment but appears to be former Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, to help get the United States ambassador to Ukraine fired at the same time that they were committing to raise tens of thousands of dollars for that congressman's reelection effort, according to the indictment. Fruman allegedly made the donation in Parnas' name, violating campaign finance laws.
The investigators in the Southern District of NY appear to have largely operated separately from what Trump's appointees at the Justice Department headquarters in Washington, DC, have pursued in recent months, and the investigation dates back far longer than what's been previously reported.
Two other defendants - Giuliani pals Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas - are scheduled to be arraigned before Oetken on Wednesday.
The judge set $1 million bond or $100,000 cash for Kukushkin, who posted the cash alternative.
Kukushkin was arrested last week.
Federal authorities say they took David Correia into custody Wednesday at Kennedy Airport in New York City.
Next court date for Correia and Kukushkin has been set for December 2.