A Ukrainian truck driver’s daughter who posed as a Rothschild heiress to meet Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago has insisted she’s an innocent victim.
Inna Yaschyshyn, 33, claims she’s been framed by a former friend and business partner called Valeriy Tarasenko – and insists she didn’t raise cash for Russian gangsters through a fake children’s charity.
Yaschyshyn told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: ‘I am the victim right now, that’s all I can tell you.
‘I think there is some misunderstanding, she added.’ Grilled about the five fake IDs – including a US passport – that saw her picture attached to the name Anna de Rothschild, she insisted: ‘That’s all fake, and nothing happened.’
But those who met with Yaschyshyn – including her former friends at Mar-a-Lago – believed her to be Anna de Rothschild, who posed as a Monaco millionairess with a Vineyard.
She made her first visit to Mar-a-Lago with British Trump supporter Elchanan Adamker in May 2021 – and posed for a photograph with Donald Trump himself the very next day.
Yaschyshyn also met South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham during the same encounter – and was snapped standing beside him too.
Yaschyshyn is pictured meeting Donald Trump on the golf course at Mar-a-Lago in May 2021 – a day after she first visited the former president’s Florida country club
Yaschyshyn also managed to pose for a photo with Trump and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, seen here in red
During this clip, an unseen man filming says ‘Anna, you’re a Rothschild — you can afford $1 million for a picture with you and Trump.’ Yaschyshyn doesn’t flinch, or deny the claim
She was filmed watching Trump speak and appeared giddy with excitement to be in his presence.
A man believed to be Adamker was filmed telling Yaschyshyn on the same day: ‘Anna, you’re a Rothschild — you can afford $1 million for a picture with you and Trump,’ as she took a swing on Mar-a-Lago’s luxury golf course.
She made no attempt to correct him, and appeared totally at-ease with the lie.
Yaschyshyn was also snapped hobnobbing with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is dating Trump’s son Don Jr.
The fake heiress is said to have wowed the wealthy Florida crowd with her old-money claims.
She was found in possession of five fake IDs, including this American passport – but claims they were created by her former business partner Valeriy Tarasenko, and that Tarasenko was in control of her
Yaschyshyn was also found to be in possession of a Florida and Canadian driver’s license in the name of fake heiress Anna de Rothschild
Yaschyshyn was found to have Ukrainian and Russian passports in the name of her fake alter-ego. She was born in the Ukraine, and became a permanent US resident by marriage in 2011
Yaschyshyn is pictured right behind Kimberly Guilfoyle (center) at a Mar-a-Lago dinner in 2021
Although she claims to be a millionaire heiress, Yaschyshyn’s truck driver father Oleksandr actually resides in this modest home in Buffalo Grove, Illinois
But it has since been revealed that she is actually the daughter of a Ukrainian truck driver called Oleksandr Yaschyshyn, who lives in a neat but modest home in Buffalo Grove, Illinois.
Yaschyshyn was president of a children’s charity called United Hearts of Mercy, which the feds believe was actually a front used to funnel cash to Russian organized criminals.
She insists she has been framed by the founder of that charity, Valeriy Tarasenko. Yaschyshyn used to babysit Tarasenko’s daughter while he was away from his Miami home on business, and claims he abused her.
Tarasenko denies her claims, and the pair are currently embroiled in a civil dispute. Neither has so-far been hit with any criminal charges.
Tarasenko told the Post-Gazette that Yaschyshyn wanted to schmooze wealthy Mar-a-Lago members for money.
During an FBI deposition, Yaschyshyn pointed the finger at Tarasenko again, telling agents: ‘(E)very single move that I did, I’ve been told by Valeriy to do so. (After) a few incidents like that, I realized that he’s using me for his lifestyle and for his needs.’
Yaschyshyn is pictured furthest right at a charity event for her United Hearts of Mercy nonprofit, which the FBI believes was actually a front to raise money for Russian gangsters
She has also been tied to a condo development in Canada, although further details of what cops in Quebec are investigating her for have yet to emerge.
It is unclear if Tarasenko himself faces a probe.
The United Hearts of Mercy positioned itself as a nonprofit which helped impoverished children, but the FBI believes it was actually a front to funnel cash to organized crime gangs.
Payment processing firm Stripe suspended donations to the United Hearts of Mercy’s purported COVID appeal.
Emails sent by the Post-Gazette to supposed donors in Hong Kong all bounced back, suggesting those donors may never have existed.
The story comes out as intrigue continues to swirl around the August 8 raid of Mar-a-Lago over the presence of classified documents at the ex-president’s home and private club – and highlights whether those materials were secure if a fraudster was able to infiltrate Trump’s social circle.
The Secret Service wouldn’t comment on whether they were investigating Yashchyshyn, nor would the FBI – but several sources said they had been questioned by FBI officials about Yashchyshyn’s behavior.
Canadian law enforcement confirmed Yashchyshyn has been the subject of a major crimes unit investigation in Quebec since February, the Post-Gazette reported.
The United Hearts of Mercy was founded in Canada by Tarasenko, although it’s still unclear whether Yaschyshyn is being probed there over that nonprofit. She was also linked to a condo development in the country.
Yashchyshyn started showing up at Mar-a-Lago last spring. The Post-Gazette reported she was first invited by Trump supporter Elchanan Adamker, who runs a financial services firm, to Mar-a-Lago for the first time in May 2021.
Yashchyshyn started showing up at Mar-a-Lago last spring, with guest John LeFevre, a former investment banker, recalling meeting her by the club’s pool on May 1, 2021 after she arrived driving a Mercedes-Benz SUV
‘It wasn’t just dropping the family name. She talked about vineyards and family estates and growing up in Monaco,’ recalled member John LeFevre. ‘It was a near-perfect ruse and she played the part.’
He added that ‘everyone was eating it up’ and Mar-a-Lago members ‘fawned all over her and because of the Rothschild mystique, they never probed and instead tiptoed around her with kid gloves .’
By the next day, Yashchyshyn was rubbing shoulders with Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham at the president’s nearby West Palm Beach golf club.
The report included photographs of Yashchyshyn, Trump and Graham, as well as her in a group shot with Donald Trump Jr.’s fiancee Kimberly Guilfoyle.
The Post-Gazette also shared images of Yashchyshyn’s various IDS – passports from the U.S. and Canada, along with a Florida driver’s license, in which she uses the Rothschild name – as well as Ukrainian and Russian passports where she goes by Inna Yashchyshyn and Anna Anisimova, respectively.
Video from the day she met with Trump proves the ruse was in play, as a man notes, ‘Anna, you’re a Rothschild.’
‘You can afford a million dollars for a picture with you and Trump. I’ll tell you want. If you make the next shot, and you hit that cart all the way down there on the left, I’ll give it to you for half a million,’ he says while she hits golf balls.
Yashchyshyn said any passports or driver’s licenses using the Rothschild name had been fabricated by her former business partner, 44-year-old Valeriy Tarasenko.
Yashchyshyn started showing up at Mar-a-Lago in May of last year where ‘she talked about vineyards and family estates and growing up in Monaco,’ on prominent guest said
The report of a fraudster gaining access to Mar-a-Lago comes as intrigue continues to swirl around the August 8 raid of former President Donald Trump’s (pictured) Florida home and private club
The various IDs have been turned over to the FBI, the Post-Gazette said.
Yashchyshyn also said she was speaking to the FBI on August 19.
The Florida driver’s license shows an address for a mansion where Yashchyshyn never resided.
Adding another layer of complexity, she and Tarasenko are in a legal dispute, with him accusing her of being a grifter who took advantage of older men and was abusive toward his daughter – a claim she denies.
She claimed in court that Tarasenko was a violent criminal who previously held her hostage.
Both had connections to a fraudulent charity, the paper found.
Their legal battle is shedding more light on any investigation into Yashchyshyn.
Tarasenko told the Post-Gazette he’s met twice with the FBI to discuss Yashchyshyn’s trips to Mar-a-Lago.
In court documents Tarasenko said that Yashchyshyn used ‘her fake identity as Anna de Rothschild to gain access to and build relationships with U.S. politician[s], including but not limited to Donald Trump, Lindsey Graham, and Eric Greitens.’
Greitens, the disgraced former governor of Missouri, recently lost a Republican primary race to the state’s open Senate seat.
Greitens held a fundraiser at a mansion nearby Mar-a-Lago, owned by Trump, where Yashchyshyn was also invited, the Post-Gazette said.
LeFevre also recalled Yashchyshyn hanging out with Guilfoyle and several other Trump donors after driving people back to Mar-a-Lago from the golf fundraiser where she met Trump and Graham.
‘We hung out at the pool, like, three or four hours, just drinking rosé and having a great time,’ LeFevre said.
Yashchyshyn’s ex-husband, 48-year-old Russian-born U.S. citizen, Sergey Golubev, also said he had spoken to the FBI.
He said he wed Yashchyshyn in 2011 so she could obtain U.S. residency, and subsequently divorced in 2016.
DailyMail.com has contacted him for further comment. It’s unclear why Yashchyshyn needed a green card if her father already lives in the US.
He told the Post-Gazette that the agents were looking for her in connection with something ‘illegal – cheating people and stealing money,’ Golubev alleged.
Eventually members of Trump’s inner circle were informed Yashchyshyn was a fraud by Dean Lawrence, a Florida-based music creative director, when he was visiting Mar-a-Lago.
He had met Yashchyshyn in her role as president of the Rothschild Media Label, which was promoting her business partner Tarasenko’s teenage daughter whose stage name is ‘Sofiya Rothschild.’
In pictures, ‘Sofiya Rothschild,’ never shows her face. It appears that Lawrence realized Yaschyshyn was a fraud while dealing with her, and busted her to Mar-a-Lago members, who quickly closed ranks.
‘I want to clear something up with you. I want you to know that she has nothing to do with the Rothschilds. Don’t get involved in any kind of business with her,’ he told the Post-Gazette he informed Trump campaign donor Richard Kofoed and Trump campaign official Caroline Wren.
Lawrence said of Kofoed ‘his eyes were wide open.’
‘He said to me, “That’s exactly who I met. She came to my house,”‘ Lawrence recalled.
Wren ‘created a group chat’ to warn others about the imposter.
‘What I’m trying to understand is how did they allow this?’ Lawrence said. ‘How could someone keep coming back – at that level? This is Mar-a-Lago.’