Emails show Burisma executive helped Hunter Biden open account at corrupt foreign bank

 June 19, 2023

President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden have come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks following allegations that they were involved in a multi-million dollar bribery scheme.

That scrutiny is likely to grow even more intense after evidence emerged this week of a scheme by Hunter Biden to open an account at a corrupt overseas bank. 

Burisma executive coordinated with president's son to open account

The New York Post reported on Monday that the president's son worked to open an account at a financial institution in Malta called Satabank with help from a Burisma executive.

Burisma is the controversial Ukrainian oil and gas company that appointed Hunter Biden to a lucrative seat on its board of directors despite him having no prior experience in the energy industry.

It was also at one point being investigated for corruption by Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. Joe Biden bragged at a 2018 Council on Foreign Relations event that he once threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine until Shokin was fired.

Hunter Biden sent banking information to executive

According to the Post, emails from 2016 show that Hunter Biden provided income statements along with passport information and utility bills to Burisma executive Vadym Pozharsky to open the Satabank.

"Dear colleagues, Hope, all is well. Taking into account that Burisma will be opening an account at the Maltese bank, could you kindly provide us with your latest utility bills and a bank reference?" Pozharsky was quoted as saying in an email sent on April 24, 2016.

Biden responded nine days later by writing, "We are working on this – I was traveling with my Dad and had my passport abroad last week."

Pozharskyi sent additional emails in the coming weeks requesting a "certified and apostilled passport copy in color" and "a certified declaration of source wealth including profile."

The Ukrainian executive also sought "certified declaration from a leading European/US Law Firm" to confirm that Biden had "no pending legal issues with authorities."

Bank shut down over money laundering concerns

In yet another email chain saw an assistant send Pozharskyi tax identification number and a copy of Hunter Biden's signature.

The Post noted that Satabank was shut down in 2018 after an investigation by Malta’s Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit.

The investigation concluded that the financial institution exhibited "gross deficiencies" in its ability to comply with money laundering and terrorism finance laws.

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