Russian attorney who met with Trump, Jr. indicted in unrelated case

Lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya during an interview

Lawyer Natalya Veselnitskaya during an interview

The charge concerns statements she made in a civil case by the Justice Department over a tax refund scheme suspected of being the work of a Russian criminal organization.

The charges allege she obstructed justice in an unrelated civil case relating to money laundering and forfeiture of assets.

Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus, explained that it's rare for a U.S. Attorney's Office to bring an indictment based on a misleading affidavit submitted in a civil case.

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks during an interview in Moscow, Russia November 8, 2016.

Magnitsky was arrested in Russian Federation and died in custody. On the day he died, prosecutors said, he was beaten by guards with a rubber baton, and an ambulance crew called to treat him was deliberately kept outside of his cell until he was dead.

"Natalia Veselnitskaya was an employee of Pyotr Katsyv, former Transport Minister and vice governor of Moscow Oblast", Olga Lautman, an investigative reporter who spent years researching the Russian mafia, told Newsweek.

Veselnitskaya helped represent Prevezon in the case, in which the company was alleged to have laundered $14 million in proceeds of the Moscow tax refund scam through NY real estate.

USA officials in that case alleged that Veselnitskaya's clients laundered portions of a $200 million Russian tax fraud scheme that involved corrupt officials in the Russian government.

Last year, the USA attorney's office settled its civil case against Prevezon for more than $5.8 million.

Federal prosecutors in NY indicted Veselnitskaya for seeking to hamper a Justice Department investigation into an alleged money laundering operation that involved an elaborate Russian tax-fraud scheme and implicated high-level Kremlin officials. But they refused to provide the requested records.

Veselnitskaya "is now a wanted person in the United States for intentionally misleading USA investigators", said Homeland Security investigator Angel Melendez.

When the United States government asked the Russian government for help in investigating the Prevezon case, the Russian government refused and sent over a memo that sought to exonerate Prevezon.

The actual complaint against Veselnitskaya alleges that she "well knew but concealed from the court" that she had a hand in drafting a report on the case she was litigating in the U.S., "in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor" who was not named.

The Russian prosecutor then helped Veselnitskaya create the "false impression" that she hadn't assisted - even helping her file a complaint against the Prosecutor General's Office seeking access to the documents she helped create. She has previously denied working on behalf of the Russian government.

A lawyer at BakerHostetler, which represented Prevezon at the time of the November 2015 filing, declined to comment.

The companies that claimed they had been defrauded by Prevezon were owned by Hermitage Capital Management, whose CEO William Browder aided the government's case.

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