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Manafort Pleads Not Guilty to Tax and Fraud Charges in Virginia Court

09 March, 2018, 03:35 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Manafort’s longtime business associate and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleaded guilty to lying to Mueller’s team last month

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort just pleaded not guilty to conspiracy, tax and fraud charges. A trial date of July 10 has been set, four months earlier than the defence had wanted.

In the Virginia case, prosecutors allege that Manafort funneled millions of dollars in income from their work in Ukraine into foreign bank accounts, which were concealed from US tax authorities. In Virginia, Manafort is accused of hiding foreign bank accounts, falsifying his income taxes and failing to report foreign bank accounts. The Washington case is set for trial on September 17.

The judge asked whether Manafort's team expected to challenge the authority and scope of Mueller's mandate - an argument Manafort is making in a separate civil suit in Washington, D.C., federal court - and Downing said yes.

The mysterious protester held up a sign that read "Blood money" as Rick Gates, a former top adviser to President Donald Trump's, entered federal court, where he pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges.

Gates and Manafort were both charged with multiple counts of conspiracy, tax fraud and money laundering stemming from lobbying and consulting work related to Ukrainian politicians who are strong allies of Russian Federation.




Citing Manafort's significant wealth, Ellis said the former campaign chairman "manifestly" represented a flight risk in part because of "the substantial period of incarceration" he faced if convicted. Prosecutors say that after his business there dried up, Manafort fraudulently secured over $20 million in loans in part by using his real estate as collateral.

Two weeks ago, the men's Russian-connected attorney Alex Van der Zwaan was charged with misleading the Federal Bureau of Investigation about work he did for Manafort and Gates.

If convicted, Manafort, 68, could face more than 10 years behind bars in the Virginia case and nearly 20 years in the Washington case.

"The new allegations against Mr. Manafort, once again, have nothing to do with Russian Federation and 2016 election interference/collusion", the statement said. He faces a maximum of 305 years in prison if found guilty on all charges in Virginia.

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