Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who became a central figure in the Special Counsel Robert Mueller probe when it was revealed that, in June 2016, she met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton, was charged Tuesday in a separate case with obstructing justice in a money-laundering investigation.
The charges unsealed Tuesday say that she made a “misleading declaration” to the court, The New York Time reports.
Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others at Trump Tower in Manhattan on June 9, 2016, represented Prevezon Holdings in a case in which the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan sought millions of dollars in forfeiture from the company and others.
The department had alleged in a complaint that a Russian criminal organization ran an elaborate tax refund scheme, stealing the identities of targeted companies and filing sham lawsuits to incur fake losses for refund purposes.
Those involved made about $230 million in tax refunds, prosecutors said, and filtered the money through shell companies and eventually into Prevezon, a Cyprus-based real estate corporation. Prevezon, prosecutors said, laundered the funds into real estate, including by investing in Donald Trump’s high-end commercial property and luxury apartments in Manhattan.