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lawyer: california man in russia probe 'has made mistakes'

los angeles — a california man who pleaded guilty earlier this month to unwittingly selling bank accounts to russians meddling in u.s. elections made a mistake and is coming to terms with his role in the matter, his attorney told the associated press on friday.richard "ricky" pinedo pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to set up bank accounts that were then used by the russians. the u.s. government acknowledged that pinedo did not know that he was dealing with russians.pinedo's guilty plea is the third stemming from special counsel robert mueller's russia investigation. former national security adviser michael flynn and former trump campaign adviser george papadopoulos have pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi.on friday, robert mueller's office charged 13 russians, including a businessm

who is the california man who just pleaded guilty to unwittingly aiding russian

a california man who pleaded guilty to identity theft as part of the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was a self-described digital marketing strategist who once ran a website that helped people get around security measures for online marketplaces such as amazon and ebay.richard pinedo, 28, of santa paula, pleaded guilty this month to one count of identity fraud as part of the investigation, according to court documents made public friday by special counsel robert s. mueller iii.advertisementthough friday's news linked pinedo to the ever-expanding investigation into russia's role in president trump's election night victory, his attorney painted him as an unwitting accomplice who has been cooperative ever since he was contacted by investigators."he wa