Rapper Charged With Funneling Millions In FOREIGN DONATIONS To Former President

Here’s another headline that seemed to slip through the cracks of CNN.   With their high focus on foreign influence one might this this would be front page prime time news.

According to The Federalist Papers, Prakazrel Michel, known as Pras, one of the founding members of the rap group the Fugees, has been charged with illegally funneling millions of dollars to the campaign of former President Obama.

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He was charged, along with charged with Malaysian billionaire Jho Low, of illegally funneling $21.6 million in international donations to Michel to get to the Obama campaign in 2012, NJ.com reported.

The funds were intended to be used to gain influence with former President Obama,  Officials with the Department of Justice said according to The Washington Times.

One of the founding members of the 1990s hip-hop group the Fugees has been charged in a campaign finance conspiracy that took place during the 2012 presidential election, the Justice Department said Friday.

A four-count indictment accuses Prakazrel “Pras” Michel of conspiring with fugitive Malaysian financer Low Taek Jho, usually known as Jho Low, to make and conceal foreign campaign contributions. He is alleged to have used straw donors to give campaign contributions to a U.S. presidential candidate, who is identified in the indictment only as Candidate A.

Low has gained attention in the last several years after U.S. officials accused him of masterminding a money laundering and bribery scheme that pilfered billions from the Malaysian state investment fund known as 1MDB. He’s been charged separately by both U.S. and Malaysian officials in connection with that alleged fraud but remains at large.

Prosecutors allege that from June to November 2012, Low directed more than $21.6 million to be moved from foreign entities to Michel’s accounts in order to funnel money into the 2012 presidential election. They say Michel then paid about 20 straw donors and conduits so they could make the donations in their names and conceal where the money actually came from, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors also said, More than $1 million was also sent to an independent expenditure committee.

“Mr. Michel is innocent of these charges and looks forward to having the case heard by a jury,” he told The Times.

Mr. Michel is extremely disappointed that so many years after the fact the government would bring charges related to 2012 campaign contributions,” his attorney Barry Pollack said.

“Mr. Michel is innocent of these charges and looks forward to having the case heard by a jury,” he said to The Times.

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“Mr. Low has never made any campaign contributions directly or indirectly in the U.S. and he unequivocally denies any involvement in or knowledge of the alleged activities,” representatives for Low said.  [Read More]

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