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    In this Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, W. Samuel Patten leaves the federal court in Washington, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018

    Political Operative Given 3 Years of Probation in Case Related to Mueller Probe

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    Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently concluded his 22-month investigation into allegations of Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 US presidential election.

    Political operative Samuel Patten has been sentenced to 36 months of probation in a case related to the Mueller investigation, Reuters reported.

    According to reports, 47-year-old Patten pleaded guilty in August last year to contacting US legislators and news media organisations on behalf of a Russia-aligned political party in Ukraine called the Opposition Bloc without reporting that work to the Justice Department, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), among other offenses.

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    In addition to the 36 months of probation, the Republican political consultant was sentenced to 500 hours of community service and a $5,000 fine.

    When Patten pleaded guilty last year, his case revealed that he had arranged a scheme to evade the federal ban on foreign donations to inaugural committees on behalf of a Ukrainian politician. While being aware of the ban, Patten lined up an American straw buyer to front $50,000 for four tickets to the inauguration of the politician, who, according to court papers, had paid Patten's company for the tickets using an account in Cyprus.

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