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A California federal judge has sentenced businessman Imad Al-Zubairi to 12 years in prison for falsifying records for concealing his work as a foreign agent while lobbying high-ranking US officials.
According to the US District Attorney’s Office, Al-Zubairi, 50, agreed to plead guilty in 2019 to tax evasion, to present false foreign agent registration records, and to provide nearly $ 1 million in illegal contributions to presidential campaigns and other candidates for elected office.
Prosecutors said, “The violations were part of a larger covert effort to funnel foreign funds into the US elections and use them to corrupt US policymaking processes.” Operating in America. “
According to NBC News, in addition to the prison sentence, Al-Zibri was fined $ 1.75 million and paid $ 15.7 million in compensation.
Al-Zubairi donated nearly a million dollars to the inauguration committee of former President Donald Trump, and previously donated to a group of Republican and Democratic politicians, including former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in 2015, Senator Lindsey Graham, in 2014, and the attorney general in California at the time. Kamala Harris in 2015, and former President Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for re-election in 2011.
Prosecutors say that Al-Zubairi was asked by foreign nationals and representatives of foreign governments, claiming that he could use his influence in Washington to change US foreign policy and create job opportunities for his clients.
In one case, Zubairi paid a high-ranking US military official more than $ 150,000 to travel twice to Bahrain and meet Bahraini officials to demonstrate his influence in Washington.
“Al-Zubairi has violated federal laws that restrict foreign influences on our government and prohibit the injection of foreign money into our political campaigns,” said Tracy Wilkinson, the acting US attorney for Central California.
Source: nbc news