In this April 23, 2015 file photo, Jho Low, director of the Jynwel Foundation, poses at the launch of the Global Daily website in Washington, D.C.
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A federal grand jury met fugitive Malaysian financier Jho Low and Fugees rapper Prakazrel “Pras” Michel with new criminal charges, accusing them of running a back-channel campaign to get the Trump administration to close an investigation into Low and the investment company 1MDB and prosecute a Chinese dissident Let China return.
The new charges against Low, 39, and 48-year-old Michel come six months after the former president Donald Trump pardoned former top Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy in connection with his October admission of guilt for his role in illegal lobbying on behalf of Low.
CNBC reached out to Broidy’s attorney to ask if Broidy testified before the grand jury that indicted Low and Michel.
Because of his pardon, Broidy would not be able to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if he testified before a grand jury Investigating his activities related to Low and Michel.
Broidy, a Los Angeles businessman, received $ 9 million for efforts on their behalf, with “expecting tens of millions more in success fees,” federal authorities said.
Low and Michel were indicted in federal court in Washington, D.C. two years ago, with allegedly illegal millions of dollars of Low’s money to support the then President’s presidential campaign in 2012 Barack Obama.
Pras Michel of hip hop group The Fugees will perform in New York City, New York on August 1, 1996.
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The indictment issued Thursday by a Washington grand jury accused Low and Michel of conspiring with Broidy, a woman named Nickie Lum Davis, and others “to conduct secret lobbying campaigns on the orders of Low and the People’s Republic’s Vice Secretary of Public Security “. from China, “said the Justice Department.
The goals of these campaigns were “to end both the investigation into the 1MDB embezzlement and the recovery process in which Low and others were involved, and to send a Chinese dissident back to China.”
This dissident is said to be billionaire Guo Wengui, also known as Miles Kwok and Miles Guo.
The new indictment also accuses Michel and Low of conspiring to launder money in connection with the foreign influence campaigns, the Justice Department said. Michel is also charged with manipulating witnesses and conspiring to give false testimony to banks.
Davis pleaded guilty in August of violating foreign lobbying law in a Justice Department investigation into 1MDB.
Also in August, Trump’s former senior advisor, Steve Bannon, was arrested on Guo’s yacht off the Connecticut coast on charges of having defrauded thousands of donors through a crowdfunding campaign to privately build parts of a wall along the United States. Border with mexico.
The investment bank Goldman Sachs last year a deferred law enforcement arrangement with the Department of Justice related to the conspiracy in which the bank and its Malaysian entity violated U.S. bribery laws by paying Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials to get business from 1MDB.
Goldmann, which received approximately $ 600 million in loan fees to fund the bankto pay more than $ 2.9 billion under this deferred law enforcement arrangement.