Russian agent Maria Butina's boyfriend, Paul Erickson, charged with fraud

Maria Butina.
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Paul Erickson, a Republican political operative who dated Russian agent Maria Butina, has been charged with wire fraud and money laundering in South Dakota.

Erickson, 57, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday, and is out on bond. His federal indictment is separate from Butina's, and he stands accused of defrauding investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in three real estate and health care ventures.

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