The Russian lawyer that met with President Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman in June, 2016 at Trump Tower has been charged by federal prosecutors in NY in a separate case that highlights the attorney's apparent ties to the Kremlin.
The case is unrelated to the now-infamous 2016 meeting, in which Donald Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The document "did not contain any indication that any of its content was drafted by [a] non-Russian-government person, including Natalya Veselnitskaya, the defendant, who was acting on behalf of the Prevezon action defendants", the indictment said.
Veselnitskaya has always maintained that her reason for pursuing the Trump Tower meeting with campaign officials was to discuss the adoption issue.
Federal prosecutors in NY said they were not aware of any defense attorney retained by Veselnitskaya, and ABC News requests for comment from her Russian office were not immediately returned.
In the scheme 'corrupt Russian government officials defrauded Russian taxpayers out of approximately 5.4 billion rubles, or over $200 million, ' according to the indictment.
You can read the indictment for yourself here.
Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, 43, is charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly submitting a "intentionally misleading declaration" that sought to exonerate her client, a wealthy Russian businessman, in a civil forfeiture case in Manhattan. But while the case was in process, Veselnitskaya arranged the Trump Tower meeting, which has become an area of focus for special counsel Robert Mueller as he investigates whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation in its attempt to tip the election away from Hillary Clinton. Magnitsky - the namesake for the USA law - died in Russian prison after reportedly investigating tax fraud that affected a company belonging to financier William Browder.
The indictment was filed under seal in December and publicly announced Tuesday by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. That same information was included in a memo Veselnitskaya took into her meeting with Trump Jr.
In the case, prominent Russian businessman Denis P. Katsyv and his real estate firm, Prevezon Holdings, is accused of laundering proceeds from a large-scale tax fraud in Russia through purchasing a NY property. Prosecutors claimed that Prevezon helped a Russian criminal organization launder money through high-end real estate, including in NY.
Veselnitskaya, according to the filing, worked closely with the Russian prosecutors as they rebuffed the USA request, and sought to pin blame for the original tax fraud on a British-American investor named Bill Browder.
If she remains in Russia, Veselnitskaya can not be compelled to face the charges, suggesting any effort to get her to cooperate will prove hard. It also accused Magnitsky himself of committing the Russian Treasury Fraud, when as the feds outline he reported it.
She cooperated with a senior Russian prosecutor 'in secret'.
In May 2017, just a few months after Trump became president, the newly promoted NY district attorney suddenly settled with Prevezon for $6 million, days before the trial opened.
It is not unusual for USA prosecutors to reach out in good faith to their counterparts in other countries to request information when working on transnational cases.