Huma Abedin’s cousin, Omar Amanat, was convicted of fraud on Tuesday and could face more than a decade in prison.
A cousin of Huma Abedin, a former assistant of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and soon to be ex-wife of the disgraced former US. Rep. Anthony Weiner, was convicted Tuesday in a fraud case involving fake e-mails.
Omar Amanat, 44, and his colleague Kaleil Tuzman face more than ten years in prison after a jury in New York City found the couple guilty of cooking the books and defrauding the shareholders of the technology company Kit Digital between 2010 and 2012.
Amanat’s brother, Irfan Amana, was also arrested in the United Arab Emirates and faces charges of fraud with the same tech company, the New York Post reported.
Judge Paul Gardephe revoked Amanat’s bail after the Assistant-Procurator of the V. S. Andrea Griswold said that he was a flight risk, and chastised the father of six children for his “disregard and contempt for the courts and the legal process.”
“The evidence of the criminal-law regimes was so overwhelming that Amanat actually tried to fool the jury by the introduction of false e-mails in the record exculpatory ‘evidence’ in this study, That of” Manhattan, the Prosecutor of the V. S. Joon H. Kim said in a press release. “Unfortunately for Tuzman and Amanat to the jury, by their tangled web of lies, condemnation of them at all points.”
Evidence against Amanat who tells him an agent of the government of his relationship with Abedin, is withheld from the jury after his defense lawyers successfully argued it would unfairly influence the jurors.
“Weather, particularly in New York, judges are likely to have a strong opinion about the Clinton campaign, and certain individuals connected to the campaign,” the lawyers wrote. “Both supporters and those politically opposed to Secretary Clinton might have reasons to be prejudiced against Mr. Amanat based on his indirect connection with her.”
According to the Post, the mother of Abedin and Amanat are sisters.
Amanat was a successful tech entrepreneur and property interests in a film studio, which produced Hollywood blockbusters like the “Twilight” movies.
In November, Abedin’s estranged husband, Weiner, began serving a 21-month sentence following his conviction of sending sexual texts to a 15-year-old girl.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Benjamin Brown is a reporter from Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bdbrown473.