The Times said the agreement for Evegny "Gene" Freidman would allow him to avoid jail time and would have him work with prosecutors in both the state and federal investigations.
Freidman's cooperation agreement could be a significant development for Cohen, whose personal business practices are under investigation by the USA attorney for the Southern District of NY.
Freidman told the court that he was very aware of the details of his plea deal, and his lawyer Patrick Egan, said he was pleased with the outcome.
But asked if he was cooperating with the authorities, Mr. Freidman would not respond.
Cohen denied on Twitter Wednesday that he was partners with Freidman "in this business or any other". Last month, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents searched his home, office and hotel room. Those are different taxi partners, and there's nothing at all weird about Cohen loaning $6 million to the Shustermans while taking out HELOCs for $130k.
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Meanwhile, one of Cohen's longtime business ventures was buying licenses, or medallions, to operate taxi cabs in New York City and elsewhere. "The Ukrainian side were angry, the official went on, because Cohen had taken "hundreds of thousands" of dollars from them for something it seemed he could not deliver", the report states.
The charges last June alleged Freidman and his chief financial officer, Andrea Dumitru, 42, of Queens, ran a scheme to withhold the funds by improperly filing or failing to file returns, failing to pay the tax on filed returns and by filing false returns. That same year, Everett Abitbol, a Philadelphia-based business partner, said that Freidman had paid out $1.6 million to fake drivers and pocketed the money. Instead, he filed false tax returns created to hide the theft, they said.
According to people with knowledge of his pitches, Cohen said he had the ultimate access to President Trump, while Lewandowski wouldn't be able to get things done.
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.
"The "Taxi King" built his empire by stealing from New Yorkers-pocketing money that should instead have been invested in our transportation system", said Schneiderman.