Republican political operative who dated Russian spy Maria Butina sentenced to federal prison

Paul Erickson Gets Seven Years for Wire Fraud and Money Laundering


A Sioux Falls man who used his connections in the conservative movement to help his Russian girlfriend gain political access was sentenced Monday to serve seven years in federal prison.

Erickson came under the scrutiny of federal investigators who were monitoring Butina. That scrutiny lead to an investigation of his various business enterprises, which existed to defraud investors.

“You’re a thief, and you have betrayed your friends and family, pretty much everyone you know,” Schreier said.

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