Remember the infamous 2016 meeting, at New York's Trump Tower, attended by Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner ? That meeting was supposedly convened so that a Russian attorney could offer to provide negative information on then Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Russian attorney at that meeting, NATALIA VESELNITSKAYA, has now been indicted in the Southern District of New York, and charged with Obstruction of Justice, connected to a money laundering case there. The style of the case & case number appear above.
The defendant, who allegedly has close ties to the Government of Russia, is charged with submitting false and deceptive declarations to a Federal Judge in NY. She is alleged to have altered and edited what were required to be independent findings of fact, in covert cooperation with Russian officials.
The case is of relevant interest to compliance officers in the manner that her illegal conduct was discovered. When examining documents, smart compliance officers often search for evidence that may indicate client representations are untrue, or that the client is being deceptive. In this case prior drafts of Russian Government documents were determined to have been reviewed, and edited by the defendant; also a member of her immediate family was identified as being involved in editing, but this role was not conveyed to the Court.
|Veselnitskaya, Trump Jr.|
Compliance officers: always examine any MS Word documents for prior drafts, which may indicate major changes, or the role of undisclosed parties, in the process. This may expose corruption, Conflict of Interest, other other criminal conduct that has been cleverly and adroitly concealed from you. Look closely at all prior versions of Word documents submitted to you ; such an inquiry may disclose concealed beneficial ownership, partners who are not of record, because they are Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs), and other game-changing relationships that were kept from you.