Rapper Pras Michel, a former member of the Fugees, has been found guilty by a federal court in Washington of colluding with the Chinese government.

Michel was charged with multiple counts in relation to a conspiracy to help Malaysian businessman Jho Low and the Chinese government gain access to US officials, including former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump.

Prosecutors had alleged that Michel had funneled $800,000 from Low to Obama’s campaign through a series of straw donors. Michel has been charged with 11 criminal counts of trying to influence the Obama and Trump administrations.

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Michel, however, claimed that he had used the money at his own discretion and did not follow Low’s orders. He testified, “I could have bought 12 elephants with it.” Actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently testified that he found the money in donations to Obama’s campaign surprising, saying, “It was a significant sum — something to the tune of $20-30 million.”

According to CNN, Low approached Michel again in 2017 when former President Trump’s administration began investigating “his alleged role in billions of dollars being embezzled from 1MBD, the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.” Prosecutors allege that Low directed over $100 million to Michel to help push the government, including Trump, to drop its investigation into Low. Prosecutors also say Michel advocated for the extradition of a Chinese dissident, Guo Wengui, on behalf of the Chinese government.

Michel testified that he only tried to help Low find an attorney in the US and only told authorities about Guo because he thought he was a criminal. He also said the $100 million was for a media business he was starting and the investment wasn’t from Low. Michel now faces up to 20 years in prison after being found “guilty of conspiracy to defraud the US, witness tampering and acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign government.” Michel remained largely silent throughout the proceedings on Wednesday. His attorney, David Kenner, said the case will be appealed and called the verdict disappointing.

“We are extremely disappointed in that result but are very, very confident in the ultimate outcome of this case,” Kenner told reporters. “If we do move to a sentencing hearing, I remain very confident we will certainly appeal this case. This is not over.”

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Low, who frequented Hollywood circles, is believed to be in China.