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Fugees Founder Accused Of Illegal Donations To Obama Campaign


Fugees founder Prakazrel "Pras" Michel has been charged in a four-count indictment for an international campaign finance conspiracy that took place during the 2012 US presidential election.

Michel, 46, and Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, were charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the US government and for making foreign and conduit campaign contributions.

Michel also was charged with one count of a scheme to conceal material facts and two counts of making a false entry in a record in connection with the conspiracy, the Justice Department said.

Michel appeared Friday for his arraignment before Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey in the District of Columbia. Low remains at large.

According to the indictment, in 2012, Low directed the transfer of $21,600,000 from foreign entities and accounts to Michel for funneling significant sums of money into Barack Obama's re-election campaign as purportedly legitimate contributions.

To conceal their true source, Michel paid $865,000 to about 20 straw donors, according to Assistant Attorney General Brian Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

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