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California financier admits to using illegal campaign contributions to influence politicians

California financier admits to using illegal campaign contributions to influence politicians


California financier admits to using illegal campaign contributions to influence politicians By and Published: 21:28 BST, 22 October 2019 | Updated: 01:51 BST, 23 October 2019 Imaad Zuberi, 49, a prolific political fundraiser who donated dollar 900,000 to President Donald Trumps inaugural committee has admitted to falsifying records to hide his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high level US government officials A prolific political fundraiser who donated dollar 900,000 to President Donald Trumps inaugural committee has admitted to falsifying records to hide his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high level US government officials. Imaad Zuberi, 49, pleaded guilty to multiple charges including failing to register as a foreign agent, making nearly dollar 1million in illegal campaign contributions and tax evasion in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He faces up to 15 years in prison under a plea deal with prosecutors.  An indictment from the US Attorneys Office in Central District of California alleged that Zuberi used his donations to obtain access to high level officials and tried to persuade them to change existing United States policies and take other actions on behalf of, and favorable to his clients.  He allegedly afforded those donations by soliciting money from foreign nationals and representatives of foreign governments, promising to use his influence over US officials for their benefit.    Though his extensive efforts generated marginal results, prosecutors said, some government officials were willing to adopt the positions he advocated for.   Zuberi pleaded guilty to multiple charges including failing to register as a foreign agent, making nearly dollar 1million in illegal campaign contributions and tax evasion in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday. He is pictured with former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose campaign he donated to in 2015 Zuberi, a longtime political donor, has supported candidates from both parties in the past. He is seen with former President Barack Obama left and former Vice President Joe Biden right Mr Zuberis multi faceted scheme allowed him to line his pockets by concealing the fact that he was representing foreign clients, obtaining access for clients by making a long series of illegal contributions, and skimming money paid by his clients, United States Attorney Nick Hanna said. Mr Zuberi circumvented laws designed to insulate US policy and our election process from foreign intervention.  This investigation has halted his illegal conduct, will result in several felony convictions, and could send him to prison for a lengthy period of time. Prosecutors did not specify which candidates received the illegal money funneled from foreign entities between September 2011 and November 2016.  Zuberi, a longtime political donor, has supported candidates from both parties over the years including former Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton in 2015, Republican Sen Lindsay Graham in 2014 and then California attorney general Kamala Harris in 2015. He threw his financial weight behind Trump in the last presidential election election.  Charging documents did not disclose the source the dollar 900,000 he donated to the Trump inaugural committee in December 2016.   Zuberi threw his financial weight behind Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. He and Trump are pictured together at an unspecified event Prosecutors did not disclose the source the dollar 900,000 he donated to the Trump inaugural committee in December 2016. The president is seen during his January 2017 inauguration Zuberi is seen with Trump cabinet members Steven Mnuchin left and Ben Carson right Records reviewed by the AP show Zuberi had been on the radar of federal authorities in New York for months and was even singled out in a subpoena sent to Trumps inaugural committee seeking an array of records.  That inquiry appears to be focused in part on whether any foreign nationals helped fund the dollar 107million celebration. Trumps former personal lawyer Michael Cohen pictured was questioned by federal prosecutors about Zuberi earlier this year Zuberis name surfaced in that investigation amid reports that Trumps former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was questioned by federal prosecutors about the donor.  A spokesman for Zuberi told that his client had issued a dollar 100,000 check to Cohen in February 2017 as part of a consulting agreement.  The spokesman said that check was never cashed, and that Zuberi had no contact with Cohen after March 2017.   Imaad [Zuberi] did not pursue Cohen; it was the other way around, Steve Rabinowitz said.  And their would be relationship fell apart when Zuberi didnt sign the contract, not when Cohen didnt cash the check. And how could he? They didnt have a deal. Cohen is currently serving a three year prison sentence after pleading guilty to charges of tax evasion and campaign finance fraud stemming from the Russia investigation.   The comments below have not been moderated. 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