US boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina charged with fraud

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Paul Erickson, who arranged high-level NRA visit to Moscow, allegedly cheated investors out of thousands

A conservative US political activist romantically linked to the Russian agent Maria Butina has been indicted by a federal grand jury on wire fraud and money laundering charges, the US attorney’s office in South Dakota has said.

Paul Erickson, 56, was indicted on 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges in an appearance before US magistrate judge Mark Moreno, the office said. Erickson’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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