The United States has accused a Malaysian financier and former member of the hip-hop trio Fugees of applying pressure on the back channel to drop an investigation linked to… 1MDB The scandal of embezzlement of the Malaysian government investment fund and the extradition of a Chinese dissident residing in the United States.
Jhu Lo, the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB scam, and Bracazaril “Brass” Michel are accused of launching undisclosed lobbying campaigns in 2017 targeting the Donald Trump administration, according to the Ministry of Justice statement Released on Friday.
The Justice Department said the alleged lobbying efforts by Michel and the Malaysian financier, at the direction of Lu and China’s deputy public security minister, sought to persuade the US administration to drop the investigation of Lu and others in connection with 1MDB and return a defector to China.
Michel Lou Lou was accused of conspiring with individuals among them Elliot BroidyD., a former Trump fundraiser, and Nikki Lum Davis, an American businesswoman, both pleaded guilty in 2020 to pressure senior US government officials to get rid of the 1MDB investigation and deport the Chinese dissident. The Justice Department said these efforts ultimately failed.
The financier and artist were also charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering. The hip-hop star was also charged with tampering and conspiracy to make false statements to banks, according to a Justice Department statement.
The new allegations shed light on the complex web linked to the 1MDB scam, which involved illicit financial flows around the world and extended to the upper echelons of global politics.
The Department of Justice alleges that a total of $4.5 billion was siphoned off from the fund in a scandal that US officials have described as “kleptocracy at its worst.”
Malaysia, which is conducting its own investigation into the case, is seeking to recover billions of dollars transferred from 1MDB to purchase luxury real estate, expensive art and finance the Oscar-nominated film. wolf of wall street.
Lawyers for Lou and Michele did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday. Lu, who also faces charges in Malaysia, has denied any wrongdoing and remains at large.
Michel gained fame with the Fugees, a hip-hop group including Lauryn Hill and Wyclef Jean that rose to stardom in the ’90s with singles like kill me softly And the ready or not.
Kan Lou and Michelle charged in 2019 Allegedly making illegal contributions to the 2012 US presidential election campaign. The Department of Justice alleged that Michelle received approximately $21.6 million from Law and redirected the money personally and through about 20 “straw donors.”
If convicted, the Malaysian financier faces up to 10 years in prison for each count while Michel can serve a maximum of 20 years in prison per count.