Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Mark Your Calendar: Manafort Fraud Trial Set for July

Mark Your Calendar: Manafort Fraud Trial Set for July

Manafort was scheduled to enter a plea on new tax and fraud charges, brought by special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian interference investigation team, at the Alexandria federal court in Virginia, where he resides.

A trial date was set for July 10.

The charges in both cases relate to Manafort laundering some $75 million in relation to his work for Russia-backed former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych between about 2006 and 2014.

The charges are part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian efforts to influence USA elections.

The trial is one of two on Manafort's schedule in 2018.

That agreement requires him to offer information on any matters that special counsel Robert Mueller deems relevant.

The cases are U.S. v. Manafort, 18-cr-83, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria), and U.S. v. Manafort, 17-cr-201, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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The alterations exaggerated his income so he could take out mortgages on properties he owned for years in New York City and the Hamptons, using the funds to pay for luxury items, clothes, trips, tuition and home renovations, prosecutors said.

The other former Trump associates who have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors are Trump's former national security adviser Mike Flynn and ex-campaign adviser George Papadopoulos.

They believe Manafort laundered $30 million before Yankukovych was ousted from the Ukraine in 2014, but in total "more than $75 million flowed through offshore accounts", the superseding indictment said.

According to the superseding indictment filed by Mueller on February 22, from 2006 through the present, Manafort served as a representative for the Ukrainian government, specifically, Ukraine's President Viktor Yankukovych. He faces up to 15 years on the charges of filing false tax returns and up to 20 years on the charges of failing to report foreign bank accounts.

Manafort filed the complaint on January 3 alleging Mueller's Russian Federation probe is overly broad.

He was pictured holding a sign that read "Blood Money" outside the federal courthouse in which former Trump advisor Rick Gates pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and false statements charges.

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