It seems like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree between Huma Abedin and her cousin. Abedin’s cousin Omar Amanat has just been charged with fraud and has been deemed a flight risk. He’s been accused of tampering with the case by deleting emails…Sound familiar?
A jury convicted Abedin’s “closest” cousin of fraud raps in Manhattan federal court this week, and he now faces more than a decade behind bars.
Her first cousin, Omar Amanat, was convicted along with cohort Kaleil Tuzman of all charges stemming from his role in a technology firm named Kit Digital.
A jury found the two men guilty of artificially inflating the company’s revenue and bilking investors out of millions of dollars in the process.
But jurors were barred from hearing evidence referencing Amanat’s connection to Anthony Weiner‘s wife when the high-flying entrepreneur dropped her name to an informant — because she could taint the jury against him, according to court papers.
“She’s my … uh … my mom’s sister’s daughter,” Amanat, 44, told a cooperator of Hillary Clinton‘s consigliere on a taped call. “She’s my first cousin, my closest.”
Amanat’s lawyers successfully argued that the association could prejudice jurors.
“Both supporters and those politically opposed to [then-Secretary of State] Clinton could have reasons to be prejudiced against Mr. Amanat based on his indirect connection to her,” they said in a court filing.
A source confirmed Thursday that Abedin’s mother is a sister of Amanat’s mother.
Amanat’s brother, Irfan Amanat, is also facing federal fraud raps involving the same company after he was arrested in the United Arab Emirates.
Judge Paul Gardephe ordered Amanat immediately jailed after the verdict, citing his attempts to fabricate evidence in the case.
“The evidence of their criminal schemes was so overwhelming that Amanat actually tried to fool the jury by introducing fake emails into the record as exculpatory ‘evidence’ in this trial,” acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon Kim said in a statement. “Unfortunately for Tuzman and Amanat, the jury saw through their tangled web of lies, convicting them on all counts.”
Gardephe ripped the father of six for his “disregard and a disdain for the courts and legal process.”
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