Kurson, who works in the cryptocurrency industry, was once the editor of a Kushner-owned newspaper, The New York Observer.
Kurson’s attorney, Marc Mukasey, said in a statement: “The alleged conduct is hardly worthy of federal criminal prosecution. Ken will ignore it. ”
Kurson was released on $ 100,000 bail during his initial appearance Friday in a virtual hearing before a judge in Brooklyn federal court.
The investigation grew out of a background check after the Trump administration offered Kurson a 2018 seat on the board of directors of the National Endowment for the Humanities.