FARA-Related Cases (2007 - 2018)
- In 2007, Tongsun Park was convicted at trial in the Southern District of New York for conspiracy to violate FARA, 18 U.S.C. § 951 (acting as an agent of a foreign government without prior notice to the Attorney General), and money laundering in connection with a scheme to lobby for easing United States and United Nations sanctions on Iraq and to corruptly influence the award and conditions of Oil for Food contracts. Park was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment.
- In 2010, former U.S. Representative Mark Deli Siljander pleaded guilty in the District of Missouri to obstruction of justice and to acting as an unregistered foreign agent, relating to his work for the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), an Islamic charity with ties to international terrorism. His co-defendant Abdel Azim El-Siddig also pleaded guilty to conspiring with Siljander and others to hire Siljander to lobby for IARA’s removal from a Senate Finance Committee list of charities suspected of having terrorist ties, while concealing this advocacy and not registering. Siljander was sentenced to one year and one day in federal prison without parole. El-Siddig received two years’ probation.
- In 2011, Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, director of the NGO Kashmiri American Council, was charged in the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiring to act as an agent of the government of Pakistan without registering as an agent under FARA. The FARA charge subsequently was dropped as part of a plea agreement in which Fai pleaded guilty to conspiracy and tax offenses.
- In 2014, Prince Asiel Ben Israel pleaded guilty in the Northern District of Illinois for willfully failing to register under FARA as an agent for a foreign government and for attempting to persuade U.S. government officials to push for the lifting of the sanctions imposed in 2003 on Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and other top Zimbabwean government officials. Ben Israel was sentenced to seven months in prison.
- In 2017, Paul J. Manafort, Jr. and Richard W. Gates III were charged in the District of Columbia with knowingly and willfully violating FARA by failing to register as agents of the government of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Party of Regions, former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, and the Opposition Bloc, a successor political party to the Party of Regions. Manafort and Gates were further charged with violating FARA by making several false statements of material facts and omissions of material facts in a document submitted to the Department of Justice in accordance with FARA.
- In 2018, Nisar Ahmed Chaudhry, who represented himself as the president of the Pakistan American League, pleaded guilty in the District of Maryland for willfully failing to register under FARA as an agent for the Government of Pakistan, including its military, intelligence and diplomatic officials. The sentencing hearing in this case is presently scheduled for July 30, 2018.
Updated July 26, 2018