Paul Erickson, an American political operative and boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina, has been arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. The South Dakota District US Attorney is prosecuting Erickson in a case that is separate from the one lodged against Butina in D.C.
Scott Dworkin, Co-Founder/Lead Investigator with The Democratic Coalition, points out:
Erickson entered a plea of not guilty, according to the court filings. Clint Sargent, Erickson’s attorney, said in a statement: “Mr. Erickson is anxious to let the criminal justice process play out and believes a story different from the Government’s will emerge.”
Erickson allegedly ran a scheme from 1996 – 2018 using assisted living homes called Compass Care. Erickson is accused of defrauding investors through a company called ‘Investing with Dignity’ that claimed to be “in the business of developing a wheelchair that allowed people to go to the bathroom without being lifted out of the wheelchair.”
Also according to The Daily Beast article, Gary Byler, an attorney in Virginia, spoke with his longtime friend Erickson throughout all of the investigations, saying that Erickson was “a great American” and “knew what was coming down the pipeline”.
“I actually texted him yesterday and told him not to quit his day job,” Byler said. “He texted back: ‘I don’t have a day job.”
Ha! Nothing says friendship like making a joke about being federally indicted.
Once again, the people surrounding the Trump family, the Trump business, the Trump campaign and the Trump administration prove to be among the most fraudulent, corrupt people our country has ever seen.