How conman the Kremlin agent was that he slept the university with $ 2.3 million from wealthy republicans that he sold on fake schedules like a wheelchair that allowed toilet access without going off
- Paul Erickson, 57, will appear in court for a count of mail fraud and 10 counts of money laundering
- A previously concluded statement reveals that he has robbed Republican investors of $ 2.3 million by promoting sham schemes
- He then used the money to wine, to dine and to put his Kremlin agent, the minus woman Maria Butina, to school for 30 years
A career conman who was covering an accused Russian agent who was half his age would have cleared up $ 2.3 million from a number of powerful Republicans using a variety of fraudulent plans.
A previously issued warrant reveals that Paul Erickson, 57, put out money from former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and the founder of the Parents Television Council, Leo Brent Bozell III, by promising large returns for a number of fake companies.
The first was real estate development in the new Cash Flush Bakken region in North Dakota, the second was a chin of retirement facilities and the third was a wheelchair that allowed the person using the device to access toilets without having to leave the chair.
Part of this money was then used to feed Maria Butina, his 30-year-old lover, and a special Kremlin agent found guilty in December of allegations resulting from her attempts to infiltrate, eat, and eat conservative political groups.
Erickson has now been accused of one count of money fraud and 10 counts of money laundering for this alleged scam, with his trial starting this summer.
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Throuple problems: Paul Erickson (above with Maria Butina) will stand trial for a count of mail fraud and 10 counts of money laundering
Deep secret: he then used the money to drink wine, to have dinner and to study his Kremlin agent lover Maria Butina
That wheelchair system, called Investing with Dignity, was in fact the real invention of Reverend Greg Johnson, a Lutheran minister who at one point had contracted Erickson to find venture capital companies who might want to invest in his creation.
This was just one of the remarkable tasks that Erickson had performed over the years.
He worked for some time as accused rapist John Wayne Bobbitt, was a senior executive at one of Pat Buchanan's & # 39; s recently assembled campaign teams, joined Jack Abramoff's DC office on an anti-Communist action movie and did work lobbying on behalf of the Congolese dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
Reverend Johnson said he broke ties with Erickson around 2012, but unaware of him, the former capital-seeking freelancer kept all his literature out of his job and began to label the invention as his own for investors.
He then succeeded in attracting a number of investors by claiming that the flirtatious Sanford was an early investor in the wheelchair.
That was a false claim, according to Sanford, who claimed to have invested in another plan.
Sanford said he put money into Bakken's development, and Erickson made sure that he actually received his initial investment and a substantial return according to court records.
It as well as the Bakken scam that managed to alert the authorities initially to its transactions.
& # 39; Paul Erickson came to the attention of the FBI in 2016 when Joan Sammon reported a fraud by Erickson & # 39 ;, declares the sworn statement.
Sam Sammon sold plots of land in Williston, North Dakota, in the Bakken region for residential development. Around 2015, Erickson contacted Sammon and wanted the paperwork to evaluate the possibility of investing in the land of Sammon. & # 39;
Erickson got the paperwork but made no investment. He did a scam that in many ways was similar to the one with whom he was previously successful when he pitched Investing with Dignity.
& # 39; Sammon emailed him paperwork related to the property, but Erickson did not invest. However, Sammon was later contacted by a group of investors who stated that they had paid Erickson $ 100,000 for an investment in the same country & # 39 ;, the court filed last April.
& # 39; Because Erickson was not interested in the land (which was owned by Sammon), Sammon believed the investors were being cheated. & # 39;
The third plan was Compass Care, & # 39; a company Erickson said he is involved in building and / or managing retirement homes. & # 39;
One man invested $ 500,000 after being told that he would earn five years back according to the request for a warrant.
Another woman received falsified documents, including the following: & Compass senior operations team supervised 27,000 nursing homes, assisted living residences and apartment beds in 26 states. No other assisted living company has that experience. & # 39;