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Hello My good friend from Russia ask me to open a company

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My good friend from Russia ask me to open a company throughout online registration and open business account for it also.
Than again throughout online registration change my name to my friends name.
Is it legal? What kind of consequence can I get?
I already have my own company.
Thank you.

Attorney William B. :

Dear Customer,

There is nothing inherently illegal about setting up a website for a friend. However, if you have concerns about the friend's use of the website (and a friend who has very specific requests for setting up a "strawman" website is one that you should have very serious questions about), you need to look into it carefully. If you are found to be aiding in the commission of a crime or a criminal enterprise (particularly one involving multiple countries), you can be in very serious trouble, the scope of which would depend on what type of activity you are involved in.
I cannot provide you with specific legal advice or instruction, but it would be wise to be very cautious when approached with a request like this.

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