Analyst John F. Fry is accused of unauthorized disclosure of a document called a suspicious activity report that archives when reviewing transactions that raise red flags. last year's leak of confidential reports related to Cohen's banking business. Fry, an investigative analyst at the hands of the IRS law enforcement authorities, is charged with forwarding the reports in the spring of 2018 to lawyer Michael Aveny and for confirming confidential bank information in them to a reporter for The New Yorker, According to the complaint, which was filed earlier this month.
On Thursday, Fry appeals to US magistrate Laurel Bieller at the San Francisco federal court, according to the US Prosecutor's Office for the Northern California District, who accused Fry and was released on a $ 50,000 bond.
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report contains information that corresponds to the $ 130,000 that Cohen paid to Avene's client, adult actress Stormy Daniels to silence her accusations of a Trump affair. (Trump denied contact with Daniels.)
Another "discussed possible fraud and illegal financial transaction" by Cohen in 2016 and 2017 in Singapore, Hungary, Malaysia, Canada, Taiwan, Kenya and Israel, About 20 minutes after Faye began entering the reports, he made two calls to a number related to Aveny, the complaint claimed, and shortly after, Fry tried to access two other suspicious reports about Cohen, which his system she said, "There is no".
According to the complaint, a few days later, Fare called Avenathi again, and Avenyti subsequently "used his public Twitter account to circulate a confidential bank information file related to Cohen and his company Essential Consultants." Fry also called a New York reporter who was not mentioned in the complaint, but based on the description of the reporter's work, it seems he is Ronan Farrow. After weeks of WhatsApp communications between Fry and the reporter, Farrow published a story citing a law enforcement officer responsible for Cohen's bank information leak, saying he had done so because he worries that he can not finds two of the reports
In fact, according to the complaint, reports of suspicious activity that were not available to Fry received "restricted access" in the system "because they are related to a sensitive open investigation." At that time, Cohen was investigated by the Manhattan Prosecutor's Office, who later accused him of eight counts that he was found guilty of. Fry's lawyer during talks on the recognition of the verdict, according to a person familiar with the talks. As of Thursday, Fry refused to plead for a crime in exchange for probation.
As a result, prosecutors will file charges against Fry on February 28, said this person and are expected to demand two additional charges, abuse of a Social Security Number and abuse of a government computer
Fry is scheduled for a preliminary hearing or indictment of March 13, according to the US Prosecutor's Office.