According to an Associated Press report, the attorney for Vermillion native Paul Erickson, who is linked to an admitted Russian covert agent, is asking a judge to delay his client’s trial on accusations he bilked at least $2.3 million from dozens of people in a bogus investment scam.

Erickson, a businessman and conservative political operative who now lives in Sioux Falls, is scheduled for trial Oct. 1 on 11 counts of wire fraud and money laundering. Investigators say Erickson spent the money on personal expenses such as motels, flights and college tuition for Maria Butina, his ex-girlfriend.

Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months for gathering intelligence on the National Rifle Association and other groups at the direction of a former Russian lawmaker.

Erickson’s attorney, Clint Sargent, said in a motion filed Tuesday that prosecutors are fine with the delay.

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