Butina admitted to working with the Russian government since 2015 which continued when she attended American University here in the United States in 2016. Part of a plea deal with investigators, she also admitted working with officials at the National Rifle Association and most importantly 2016 presidential candidates including Donald Trump.
Erickson, the boyfriend of Butina, was indicted in South Dakota for an unrelated investment fraud scheme according to officials. I guess when bad luck shows up on your doorstep, you can either keep the door closed or open it up and embrace it, which it seems Erickson has done.
The new charges against Erickson are not connected to Russia. He is charged in an 11-count indictment with wire fraud and money laundering by raising money from investors for what prosecutors say were false claims about a company that would build senior residential care facilities.
Erickson also scammed investors by claiming to be developing a wheelchair that allowed people to go to the bathroom without being lifted out of the chair, according to the indictment. Another alleged scam was built around raising investments in a property development company, based on false claims about the company and promising “returns of between 25% and 90% in as short a time as 3 months,” according to the indictment.
Investors paid him more than $1 million based on his claims about his companies, according to the indictment.
This excerpt published by Stripes.com
William Hurd, Erickson’s lawyer, defended his client labeling him a “good American” who “has never done anything to hurt our country and never would.”
Sometimes it pays not to get out of bed, doesn’t it?
We make our choices based on experience, and some people make bad decisions consistently. They rack up bad decision after bad decision, and for some odd reason, they lose the ability to see consequences. In this case, taking on a Russian spy girl would have set off a red flag that maybe a relationship won’t work, being an American and all.
He wanted to get in trouble and trouble came calling.
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