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Two American businessmen have pleaded not guilty to conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions - as prosecutors say evidence includes data from over 50 bank accounts and information gathered via 10 search warrants.
David Correia and Andrey Kukushkin are among four men charged with using straw donors to make illegal contributions to politicians they thought could help their political and business interests, including committees supporting President Donald Trump and other Republicans.
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Correia and Kukushkin entered their pleas in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday before being released on bail.
They were charged in the case last week alongside Ukraine-born Lev Parnas and Belarus-born Igor Fruman.
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The two other men charged in the case worked for Giuliani in Ukraine to investigate Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden and his businessman son Hunter.
Giuliani, Trump's personal lawyer, has said he had no knowledge of illegal donations.
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Prosecutors say Correia and Kukushkin also teamed with Parnas and Fruman in a separate scheme to make illegal campaign donations to politicians in several states in an attempt to get support for a new recreational marijuana business.
Money for those donations was actually supplied, prosecutors say, by an unidentified foreign national with 'Russian roots'.
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Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos told the judge the indictment could be updated but he made no mention of whether others might be arrested.
He said it was fair to 'characterize the government's investigation as ongoing'.
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Besides the bank and search warrant records, Roos said prosecutors have obtained...
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