A Ukrainian woman posed as a member of the Rothschild banking dynasty to infiltrate Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and gain influence with his inner circle on behalf of Russian crime gangs, it has been claimed.
he FBI and Canadian law enforcement agencies have launched a major investigation into the activities of Inna Yashchyshyn, who is said to have told Florida socialites and acquaintances of the former US president that she was heiress Anna de Rothschild.
Her deception allegedly led to her being “fawned all over” by guests at Mr Trump’s Florida home and private club who were captivated by her boasts about a Monaco property portfolio and family vineyard.
Her presence at Mar-a-Lago raises fresh concerns over the classified documents kept by the former president at the waterfront mansion. On Friday, it emerged that documents held in his basement may have contained US secrets obtained by spies in the field.
A redacted version of the 32-page FBI affidavit which led to a raid on Mar-a-Lago on August 8, released by a court on Friday, showed that 14 of the 15 boxes recovered contained classified documents, including some marked “HCS [HUMINT Control System]”.
Ed Martin, a former US Treasury special agent who spent more than two decades in criminal intelligence, said: “That’s his residence. She shouldn’t have been in there.”
Ms Yaschyshyn is believed to have been taken to Mar-a-Lago for the first time by a donor called Elchanan Adamker in 2021, posing for a photo with Mr Trump the next day.
It has now emerged she is actually the Ukrainian-born daughter of truck driver Oleksandr Yaschyshyn, who lives in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
The 33-year-old faces an FBI investigation over a charity she was president of called the United Hearts of Mercy.
It was founded by Florida-based Russian businessman Valeriy Tarasenko in Canada in 2015, but the FBI alleges it has been used as a front to fundraise for Russian organised crime gangs.
Ms Yaschyshyn is also accused of obtaining fake IDs, including a US passport and multiple drivers’ licences, using her assumed identity as a member of the Rothschild family.
John LeFevre, a former investment banker, who recalled meeting her by the Mar-a-Lago pool on May 1 last year, said after she arrived driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV, told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “It wasn’t just dropping the family name. She talked about vineyards and family estates and growing up in Monaco. It was a near perfect ruse and she played the part.” Mr LeFevre added that Mar-a-Lago members “fawned all over her and because of the Rothschild mystique, they never probed”.
Ms Yashchyshyn was seen the next day rubbing shoulders with Mr Trump and Lindsey Graham, the senior US senator for South Carolina, at Mr Trump’s nearby West Palm Beach golf club.
Photographs show her with the two men and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the Trump aide and fiancee of Donald Trump Jr. In video footage from the day she met Mr Trump, a man is heard saying: “Anna, you’re a Rothschild. You can afford a million dollars for a picture with you and Trump.”
The Post-Gazette reports that Ms Yashchyshyn was invited by Trump supporter Mr Adamker, who runs a financial services firm.
Members of the Trump inner circle were eventually told Ms Yashchyshyn was not an heiress by Dean Lawrence, a Florida-based music director, who met her in her role as president of the Rothschild Media Label. She was promoting Mr Tarasenko’s teenage daughter, whose stage name is Sofiya Rothschild.
Ms Yashchyshyn denies the claims against her, telling the Post-Gazette: “I think there is some misunderstanding. That’s all fake, and nothing happened.”
She claims any passports or driver’s licences using the Rothschild name have been fabricated by Mr Tarasenko, which he denies. She is embroiled in a lawsuit with the 44-year-old, whose daughter she used to babysit, and says she has been framed by him. Mr Tarasenko claims she was keen to use Mar-a-Lago to find rich benefactors.
Neither the US Secret Service nor the FBI would comment on whether they were investigating Ms Yashchyshyn but sources said they had been questioned by the FBI about her.
Canadian law enforcement has confirmed she has been the subject of a major crimes unit investigation in Quebec since February.
The allegations come a day after it emerged that a Russian spy posing as a jet-set jewellery designer infiltrated Nato’s naval HQ in Italy by sleeping with officers stationed there.
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