Associate of Rudy Giuliani received $1 million payment from Ukrainian oligarch's lawyer - prosecutor

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By Brendan Pierson

(Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors said in court on Tuesday that Lev Parnas, an associate of U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, received a $1 million (£779,423.23) payment from a lawyer for Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash.

Prosecutors have said that Parnas, who has been charged with campaign finance violations, should have his bail revoked because he concealed the payment from them. Parnas has denied hiding the payment.

The Ukraine-born U.S. citizen was released on bail after his arrest in October and has been living under house arrest in Florida.

Last week, prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhattan to revoke Parnas' bail. They said he had concealed information about his finances, including a $1 million payment he had received from an account in Russia in September.

The account was in the name of his wife, Svetlana Parnas.

On Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Rebekah Donaleski said that the source of the payment was Firtash's lawyer. She said it was not plausible the payment was a loan to Parnas's wife, as he had said.

(This story corrects headline, lede and paragraph six to say payment from lawyer, not Firtash himself)

(Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; editing by Noeleen Walder and Grant McCool)

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Updated Date: Dec 18, 2019 02:11:16 IST