Erickson, 56, was released on bond and a trial date has not been set, according a press release by the U.S. attorney's office.
Paul Erickson is the bf of Maria Butina, falsely portrayed as a Russian spy. After months of hype & innuendo (As Close As It Gets to Collusion, Erickson has just been indicted -- on charges that are not connected to Russia. (
The U.S. files fraud charges against the conservative political operative who was the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina
Prosecutors claim Butina was actually part of a "covert Russian influence campaign," with a focus on gun lobbyists and conservative politicians, including National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Paul Erickson, Boyfriend Of Russian Agent Maria Butina, Charged In Fraud Scheme
Butina admitted working with a top Russian official to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association gun rights group and to make inroads with American conservatives and the Republican party as an agent for Moscow.
The indictment against Erickson alleges that between 1996 and 2018 he made “false and fraudulent representations” to people in South Dakota and elsewhere about his business schemes in an effort to convince potential investors to give him money, the US attorney’s office said.
And it was Erickson, according to court documents, who helped Butina assess which American political figures or groups to make the focus of her work.
The one-time boyfriend of a gun-toting Russian operative accused of infiltrating the NRA has been charged with fraud in South Dakota
Prosecutors raised questions about the nature of Erickson's and Butina's relationship in court documents that suggested she complained about him to others and might have self-consciously been using him for her political ends.
Paul Erickson, a South Dakota-born booster of the GOP and the National Rifle Association, was a key part of the outreach to Trump's campaign and other conservative political organizations by Maria Butina, who has pleaded guilty to conspiring to act as a clandestine foreign agent.
Paul Erickson, a Republican political operative and boyfriend of accused Russian spy Maria Butina, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering, the U.S. Attorney's Office of the District of South Dakota announed Wednesday.
Since Butina's guilty plea in December, however — which made it clear that she was involved with what prosecutors called a conspiracy to affect democracy in the U.S. — it appeared only to be a matter of time before Erickson faced charges on his own.
💣BOOM💣 @GOP operative Paul Erickson—boyfriend of convicted #Russian🇷🇺spy Maria Butina — INDICTED on 11 federal counts, including wire #fraud and money laundering. Butina cooperated in the investigation AGAINST Erickson, who PAID her college tuition.🤣
Prosecutors allege Butina infiltrated those social circles using a romantic relationship with Erickson.
! Paul Erickson, the GOP operative and Maria Butinas boyfriend who was instrumental in introducing her to top conservative circles, has been charged with fraud and money laundering
Maria Butina’s boyfriend Paul Erickson has been indicted in South Dakota on non-Russia related wire fraud and money laundering charges.
As part of the plea, she admitted to infiltrating influential political groups in the U.S. on behalf of high-ranking Russian officials with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
US boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina charged with fraud