Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Giuliani associate Lev Parnas's bail

Prosecutors ask judge to revoke Giuliani associate Lev Parnas's bail
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Federal prosecutors are asking a district court judge to revoke bail for Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE associate Lev Parnas, who is charged with campaign finance violations, according to USA Today.

In a letter on Wednesday to U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken, prosecutors for the Southern District of New York reportedly wrote that Parnas lied about his assets and attempted to mislead his pretrial supervising officer. Parnas, despite giving his net worth as just over $450,000, provided documentation of assets totaling $43,500, they added.

Prosecutors also wrote that Parnas did not inform them of a $1 million transfer he received from a Russian bank account in September, according to the newspaper.


"Parnas poses an extreme risk of flight and that risk of flight is only compounded by his continued and troubling misrepresentations to ... the government," prosecutors wrote. "Accordingly, the government moves to revoke Parnas' bail and seeks his remand pending trial."

Prosecutors said in the filing that the $1 million transfer was sent to an account in the name of Parnas's wife, Svetlana Parnas, and appeared to be “an attempt to ensure that any assets were held in Svetlana’s, rather than Lev’s, name,” according to Bloomberg.

“The majority of that money appears to have been used on personal expenses and to purchase a home,” prosecutors added.

Lev Parnas had earlier asked the judge to lighten the conditions of the home confinement, which were imposed after he was released on a $20,000 bond.

Parnas and another Giuliani associate, Igor Fruman, were arrested in October in connection with an alleged straw donor scheme to contribute hundreds of thousands to numerous Republican committees.

Giuliani, President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE's personal lawyer, is not charged in the alleged scheme.