Earlier this year, I reported on Muslim Brotherhood-tied Huma Abedin, the estranged wife of disgraced congressman Anthony Weiner and chief deputy adviser of failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, seeing two of her family members indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy, wire fraud, and securities fraud.
The indictments against two of her first cousins, Omar Amanat and Irfan Amanat, were made available via the Justice Department’s website. To view Omar’s indictment, click here. To view Irfan’s indictment, click here.
Omar Amanat, is Abedin’s first cousin. He and an associate were convicted of fraud on Tuesday because they deceived shareholders of Kit Digital from 2010 to 2012 by falsely inflating the company’s revenues.
The Associated Press reports:
A federal jury convicted Kaleil Isaza Tuzman, 45, and Omar Amanat, 44, of all charges after a six-week trial.
The convictions stemmed from the men’s role in the technology startup Kit Digital.
U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe revoked Amanat’s bail after Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Griswold said he was a flight risk and that he could face over a decade in prison. Gardephe agreed a “substantial” sentence was likely.
Gardephe said Amanat deserved immediate incarceration, citing evidence that Amanat had fabricated emails that he introduced at trial, demonstrating a “disregard and a disdain for the courts and legal process.”
The Harvard University-educated Tuzman, born in Boston, will remain on electronic monitoring until sentencing. He was extradited from Colombia in July 2016.
Tuzman, a former Goldman Sachs analyst appeared in the film “Startup.com,” which won the grand prize in the 2001 Sundance Film Festival.
Amanat is the father of six children and claims to have helped make over 30 movies, including “The Hurt Locker” and the “Twilight” films through his stake in Summit Entertainment, which produced the films.
Another first cousin of Huma Abedin Irfan Amanat, was charged on December 5 in Manhattan Federal Court in the KIT Digital case. He was busted by The SEC in a separate case for tricking the Nasdaq exchange into giving him $50,000 with a computer program he wrote.
And as Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller reports, in 2013 Omar Amanet partnered with businessman Vladislav Doronin, known as The Russian Donald Trump, to buy a luxury resort for $358 million.
An in-depth 2014 profile in Fortune magazine says Doronin is “referred to in the British press as the ‘Russian Donald Trump.’” Dorinin was born in what was then Leningrad before moving to Geneva to work for Marc Rich, a financier who fled the U.S. after being indicted for fraud and trading with Iran, and was pardoned by former President Bill Clinton on Clinton’s last day in office.
“Clinton’s motive for pardoning Rich on his last day in office was questioned,” USA Today reports, “because Rich’s ex-wife, Denise Rich, was a wealthy Democratic donor who made a $450,000 donation to Clinton’s presidential library foundation and more than $100,000 to Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign.” The pardon was investigated by the FBI in 2001.
After Doronin and Amanat parted ways, Doronin began calling Amanat a “serial swindler,” who forged signatures on million dollar contracts. As the Daily Caller also reports, Amanat was permanently barred by FINRA in 2008 “from associating with any FINRA member firm in any capacity” for repeatedly failing to disclose legal judgments and an SEC investigation.
In 2002, he sold a company called Tradescape for $100 million to E*Trade, which charged that Amanat hid that before it was sold, the company had “no money! Zero. Zilch. Nada… We can’t pay any of our bills,” as one employee wrote in a contemporaneous email, according to the Forbes piece.
At one point after having declared bankruptcy, a creditor attempted to seize Amanat’s house, when Abedin’s cousin allegedly backdated a document claiming he had sold the property to his brother for $10 the prior year. The scheme didn’t work and the house was sold.
As a side-note, there also lies an interesting connection; Doronin, one-time business partner of Huma Abedin’s cousin, Omar Amanat, worked for financier Marc Rich (deceased). And who else worked for Rich? None other than Dan Gertler – one of the 13 “corrupt” or “serious human rights abusers” listed in President Trump’s new Executive Order.
As we reported earlier this week, Gertler – an Israeli billionaire mining magnate, was revealed by the Paradise Papers to be chief negotiator between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and his primary business partner – mining company Glencore, founded by none other than Marc Rich – the former employer of Omar Amanat’s money man – Vladislav Doronin.
“The evidence of their criminal schemes was so overwhelming that Amanat actually tried to fool the jury by introducing fake emails into the record as exculpatory ‘evidence’ in this trial,” said Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim. “Unfortunately for Tuzman and Amanat, the jury saw through their tangled web of lies, convicting them on all counts.”
He claims that Kit Digital was built “on a foundation of lies,” defrauding investors “out of millions of dollars through years of deceit.”
Interestingly, there was a recorded phone conversation in which Amanat told a government cooperator that Huma Abedin was his first cousin. However, that conversation was not allowed to be heard in court due to arguments by the defense claiming that it was “irrelevant and unfairly prejudicial.”
“Again, particularly in New York, jurors are likely to have strong opinions regarding the Clinton campaign and certain individuals connected to the campaign,” the lawyers wrote. “Both supporters and those politically opposed to Secretary Clinton could have reasons to be prejudiced against Mr. Amanat based on his indirect connection to her.”
I’m not sure that is the case. Perhaps, the dropping of names in the government was meant as a type of threat or to make an appearance of one having friends in high places that might be beneficial in getting him out of the mess he was in.
What do you think?