We've all seen the reports of Michael Cohen offering his services to a number of companies, but part of his sales pitch included a warning about a certain other Trump ally.
While prosecutors declined to discuss with ABC News how Friedman is prepared to assist them in the criminal investigation of Cohen, they typically know in advance what a potential witness could offer in exchange for a reduced sentence.
On Tuesday, The Timesreported that Freidman, who was indicted past year on felony charges of criminal tax fraud and grand larceny by the ny attorney general, agreed to cooperate with the government as a potential witness as part of a plea deal with the state of ny.
Freidman's cooperation agreement could be a significant development for Cohen, whose personal business practices are under investigation by the US attorney for the Southern District of NY.
The plea by Evgeny Freidman, a taxi operator who was charged with failing to pay $5 million in taxes, could provide the government with a new source of information about Cohen.
The claims line up with those of porn star Stormy Daniels" lawyer Michael Avenatti, who said Suspicious Activity Reports filed by Cohen's bank to US Treasury officials revealed payments from "Ukrainian interests'.
His plea deal, announced Tuesday, requires Friedman to assist federal prosecutors in the Southern District of ny who have been investigating Cohen's business practices and hush payments to women, the source said, as well as paying the $5 million owed to the state.
CNN previously reported the Federal Bureau of Investigation searches included a request for documents related to Cohen's ownership of taxi medallions and sought information about taxi owners who had financial dealings with Cohen. And he's going to be put on probation for about five years because of the plea deal that he made. The value of those medallions collapsed during the past three years as ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft surged in popularity, putting both men in trouble with lenders. You basically couldn't be involved in the taxi business in New York City without dealing with "Gene" Freidman. He's known as the "Taxi King" of NY and the reporting that has come out about his importance has been fascinating.
Sources close to the situation told the BBC that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko arranged to pay Cohen at least $400,000 to set up the meeting, which took place at the White House in June. Together they managed Cohen's 32 taxi medallions.
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