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Federal authorities were waiting for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman at a Washington, DC area to arrest the pair for illegal political contributions. Both men have been linked to Rudy Giuliani's investigations of the Bidens in Ukraine.
Two associates of Rudy Giuliani made their initial appearance before a federal judge on Thursday, less than 24 hours after they were arrested on campaign finance violations while trying to board an international flight with one-way tickets at Dulles International Airport outside of Washington D.C.
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Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman appeared in federal court in Alexandria, Va. to face a four-count indictment alleging that they, along with two other co-defendants, conspired to violate a ban on foreign donations and contributions in connection with federal and state elections.
The two men remained mostly silent during their appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Nachmanoff, who set their bond at $1 million each. Nachmanoff said he was reluctant to agree to a bond package but noted the mens' defense team and the government had agreed on it.
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Terms of bond included $1 million per suspect and the surrender of passports and all other travel documents, as well as travel restricted to the Southern District of Florida and Southern District of New York. They also will be subject to home detention and GPS monitoring, according to the agreement.
Both Parnas and Fruman are expected to remain in custody for at least the remainder of the day, until the terms of the bond are met.
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"You will be stuck here in limbo if the terms of the bond are not met," Nachmanoff said.
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