A NY taxi operator pleaded guilty Tuesday to improperly pocketing $5 million in state tax money and has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors as they investigate President Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, according to a person familiar with the case.
Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen was secretly paid at least $400,000 to set up a White House meeting between his boss and the Ukrainian president, it has been claimed. It is likely he will assist federal prosecutors in Manhattan with their probe into.
If anybody knows where the taxi medallion bodies are buried, it is surely New York's taxi king, whom prosecutors gave a PRETTY SWEET DEAL - five years of probation when he was facing 100 years of hard time for felony tax fraud.
There is no specific mention of cooperation in a transcript of the plea hearing obtained by ABC News, but prosecutor Ben Clark mentioned "other factors known to the AG" in outlining the terms of the agreement.
Cohen has not formally opposed Daniels' intervention, but has asked Wood to bar her attorney, Michael Avenatti, from representing her in the case, claiming he violated court rules by making false statements about Cohen in media appearances.
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"He's just not involved in the taxis", said former NY mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. "Freidman pocketed money that should have provided much-needed investment in our transit system - and now he'll have to pay back every cent".
Cohen took to Twitter Wednesday morning to distance himself from the "Taxi King".
Freidman, a Russian immigrant who managed a taxi business with Cohen, was banned last year from working in the industry and was later disbarred after he was charged with four counts of criminal tax fraud and grand larceny, with a maximum prison sentence each of 25 years. You basically couldn't be involved in the taxi business in New York City without dealing with "Gene" Freidman. He was also disbarred in May after reportedly failing to pay over $5 million in taxes. Soon after, a government official who leaked the documents to media sources told The New Yorker of concerns that additional such reports were missing from the Treasury Department's "FinCen" database.
A Ukrainian official said Mr. Cohen was paid US$400,000, while another source put the figure at US$600,000, the BBC reported. At the time, Cohen said the taxes were owed not by him but by Freidman.
That legal pressure on Cohen appeared to increase on Tuesday, after Freidman cut his plea deal with investigators. One such report found that Felix Sater, a member of the Port Washington Chabad and its 2010 and 2014 "man of the year", had met with Cohen in January 2017 to orchestrate an end to the sanctions.