The United States Justice Department on March 3 indicted former Fox News producer Jack Hanick on charges of working for a sanctioned Russian oligarch and for lying to federal agents to conceal his illegal conduct.
The Justice Department accuses Hanick of working for Konstantin Malofeyev to launch TV networks in Russia, Greece, and Bulgaria.
The U.S. Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Malofeyev in December 2014 after identifying him as a key source of funds for Russian separatists in Crimea, which Russia annexed from Ukraine, and in the Donetsk separatist region from Ukraine.
According to the indictment, Hanick worked for Malofeyev from 2013 until 2017 to establish Tsargrad TV, a cable news network in Russia, which went on air in April 2015.
Hanick reported directly to Malofeyev as the “board chairman” and “general producer” of the network, the indictment alleged.
Hanick wrote to Malofeyev in 2015 that the Greek TV network would be an “opportunity to detail Russia’s point of view on Greek TV,” the indictment also alleged.
The indictment also accuses Hanick of making false statements to agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Feb. 2021 about his work for Malofeyev.
“The United States sanctions on Malofeyev prohibit United States citizens from working for or doing business with Malofeyev but as alleged, Hanick violated those sanctions by working directly for Malofeyev on multiple television projects over the course of several years,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams said in a statement.
U.S. authorities will seek to extradite Hanick after his arrest on Feb. 3 in London where he now lives.
Hanick worked at Fox News since it was founded in 1966 to August 2011.
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