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BLOG: Former Michael Flynn Associate Convicted Under FARA

July 25, 2019,

On July 23, a federal jury convicted Bijan Rafiekian (also known as Bijan Kian), a former business partner of Michael Flynn, of acting as an unregistered foreign agent in the U.S., conspiracy to violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), and conspiracy to make willful and material false statements and omissions in a FARA filing. The conviction represents a key victory for the Department of Justice (DOJ) as it seeks to more aggressively enforce FARA.. As Assistant Attorney General John Demers stated following the verdict, “Through misrepresentations in his FARA filing, Mr. Rafiekian attempted to deceive the public and influence key leaders on behalf of Turkey. The Department of Justice treats these crimes with the gravity that they deserve.”

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