A top political donor and Los Angeles businessman was sentenced to 12 years in prison for making illegal campaign contributions to Joe Biden, Obama, Hillary Clinton and other politicians.
A trove of unsealed court documents included photographs of Zuberi rubbing elbows with then-Vice President Joe Biden.
Zuberi reportedly made six-figure donations to the Obama-Biden campaign in 2012 and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.
According to AP, a spokesperson for Biden said he had no knowledge of Zuberi’s illegal activities when they met, mostly at donor roundtables.
Imaad Zuberi, a Pakistani-American, pleaded guilty to tax evasion, campaign finance violations and lobbying US officials while working as a foreign agent.
An investigation by the AP revealed that Zuberi sold access to high-profile political figures in exchange for millions in foreign money in a straw donor scheme.
US District Judge Virginia Phillips, a Clinton appointee, ordered Zuberi to pay $16 million in restitution on top of a $2 million fine.