Huma Abedin’s cousin has been convicted for fraud and the attempted destruction of evidence and the production of fake emails. Omar Amanat was convicted of misleading investors to get them to invest in a company named Kit Digital a tech company that was hemorrhaging money.
Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said:
“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.”
Amanat had emailed his brother and told him to delete all of his emails before the prosecutors could subpoena them. He then forged emails to make them appear to be exculpatory and fed them to the jury. Despite all of his subterfuge, Amanat was convicted of the crimes he was accused of. Prosecutors say that Amanat diverted millions from Kit Digital for his own personal use.
In 2008, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) had permanently barred Amanat “from associating with any FINRA member firm in any capacity” for repeatedly failing to disclose legal judgments and an SEC investigation.
In 2002, he sold a company called Tradescape for $100 million to E*Trade, which charged that Amanat hid that before it was sold, the company had “no money! Zero. Zilch. Nada… We can’t pay any of our bills,” as one employee wrote in a contemporaneous email, according to the Forbes piece.
Amanat then had to declare bankruptcy and a creditor tried to seize his house, so Amanat forged a document with his mother’s name on it that he had sold his house to his brother the year before for only ten dollars. The creditor prevailed and the house was sold.
Another cousin of Abedin’s, Irfan Amanat, was also charged with fraud and will face charges in a separate trial. In 2006, he created a computer program that tricked NASDAQ into issuing him a $50,000 rebate.
Abedin herself has been accused of deception. While working at the State Department, she was also working for a company named Teneo made up of former Clinton staffers that netted her $490,000 for the year. She did not report the income and an investigation ensued while Loretta Lynch was still in charge of the DOJ and Abedin wriggled off the hook. She was working to benefit Taneo in her official capacity in the State Department.
I guess lies and fraud run in her family.