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He is not someone in the Russian government. He has no ties with the Russian government. He is an oligarch like Trump.
Kaveladze immigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet republic of Georgia in 1991.
Federal investigators say Kaveladze immediately began laundering money for Russians.
Kaveladze was the president of International Business Creations, a Delaware corporation. Between 1991 and 2000, IBC and sister corporation Euro-American moved $1.4 billion from Eastern Europe through U.S. banks and back to Europe, the Government Accountability Office found in 2000. Kaveladze was not named in the report, but he was reportedly identified as its accused figure
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IBC and Euro-American “created corporations for Russian brokers and established bank accounts for those corporations,” GAO said. The bank accounts were opened at Citibank and the Bank of New York.
Approximately 2,000 corporations were formed for Russian brokers, GAO found, and 236 bank accounts were opened at Citi and BONY. An employee of Euro-American told GAO the firm created about 10 corporations at a time for Russian brokers, sometimes making up names for the companies. (Euro-American charged a fee of $350 for each company it incorporated.)
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, recently hired Andrew Weissmann, the former head of the Justice Department’s criminal fraud unit, who is an expert on fraud, foreign bribery, and organized crime. Scott Balber, an attorney for the Agalarovs and Kaveladze, said his clients are cooperating with the investigation.
Donald Trump Jr. Met Russian Accused of Laundering $1.4 Billion