Update | The former personal attorney and self-proclaimed "fixer" for President Donald Trump reportedly received a payment of at least $400,000 to set up a meeting between Trump and Ukraine's president past year.
In June, prosecutors for now-former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman charged Freidman - a native of Russian Federation who allegedly boasted repeatedly of assets exceeding $130 million - with failing to pay the state $5 million between 2012 and 2015. He was accused of failing to pay the state $5 million in surcharges on taxi rides and pleaded guilty in Albany County to a single count of tax fraud.
Public records show that Cohen took out a business loan in late 2014 for an unspecified amount using three taxi companies as collateral.
He wrote, "Gene Freidman and I are not partners and have never been partners in this business or any other". I am humbled and shamed. Earlier this morning, Manafort and his attorneys filed a request to block any and all evidence seized during the raids of Michael Cohen's home, office, and hotel room in order to prevent their presentation in court. This is me taking responsibility for my actions. That's it! This is a very hard day for myself and my family!
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has sought to intervene in the case, saying some of the seized materials could relate to her. Daniels has said Cohen paid her $130,000 to keep quiet about a sexual encounter she had with Trump, which Trump has denied. He is a former business partner of Cohen who managed taxis owned by the president's lawyer for several years.
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A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer in Poroshenko's administration told the BBC that Cohen's help was enlisted "because Ukrainian's registered lobbyists" and the country's embassy in Washington could not arrange more than a "brief photo-op" with Trump.
On Tuesday though, authorities allowed Freidman to avoid jail time by pleading guilty to just one count of evading $50,000 in taxes in exchange for his cooperation. He will also be required to pay $5 million to the state of NY.
Cohen is reportedly under investigation for bank fraud and campaign finance law violations.
His lawyer, Patrick Egan, declined to comment on the Times report.
In a text message to a reporter for the New York Daily News, Friedman denied he flipped on his friend in exchange for leniency.