Investigators believe the company, Prevezon Holdings, was involved in a Russian tax refund fraud scheme that cost Russian taxpayers more than $200 million.
“This investigation brought to light how Veselnitskaya secretly schemed with a senior Russian prosecutor to provide false information to U.S. law enforcement,” said Angel Melendez, the special agent-in-charge of the New York field office for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.
Officials said Veselnitskaya submitted findings to the U.S. District Court that exonerated Prevezon Holdings and that she claimed the documents had been independently drafted by the Russian government. Officials said she, “participated in drafting those supposed exculpatory investigative findings in secret cooperation with a senior Russian prosecutor.”
Veselnitskaya is believed to be living in Russia, according to The Associated Press.
Her name surfaced in 2017, after it was revealed that President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, met with her at Trump Tower in June 2016, months ahead of the presidential election.
The younger Trump agreed to take the meeting after being promised information meant to incriminate his father's political rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Veselnitskaya was presented as a representative of the Russian government, according to the AP, though she has denied that she was acting on the behalf of Russia officials. She told Congress she operates "independently of any government bodies," the AP reported.