What we learned in week 1 of Paul Manafort’s trial

The statue of Justice outside the Albert V. Bryan U.S. Courthouse is reflected in a television news camera lens on the second day of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s trial

What we learned in week 1 of Paul Manafort’s trial

Prosecutors are well into presenting hundreds of documents that they say show bank fraud, failure to disclose foreign bank accounts and tax crimes. Jonah Green has more.

Gates was accused in the same indictment as Manafort, and prosecutors will rely on him to describe the fraud they say he and his partner carried out. A day later, Laporta said, she e-mailed Gates to ask if the loan money had been wired in 2014 to reflect the transaction listed on the return.

The defense hinted it will deploy a strategy that contends Manafort was oblivious to the fact that abruptly changing accounting recording procedures could implicate him for bank fraud.

In addition to Manafort's alleged criminal use of unreported foreign bank accounts, prosecutors say she will also be able to speak to his alleged criminal bank fraud charges.

Carlson said the average sentence for tax fraud is about one year in prison, yet Manafort is facing up to 305 years.

Trump has proven he's willing to pardon people he feels have been loyal to him and use his pardon powers to make political points - and he's also railed against special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which led to the charges against Manafort.

As he has every day since the trial began, Manafort sat quietly throughout the proceedings, dressed in a suit and tie, flanked by his defense lawyers. "It's evidence of his income".

Laporta testified that Gates, in a conference call with her and another accountant at the firm, instructed them to alter a loan amount to lower Manafort's tax bill because it was too high for Manafort to pay. She also conceded to helping Mr. Manafort mislead two banks when applying for mortgages on two properties he owned in New York City.

Washkuhn also testified that Manafort kept her in the dark about foreign accounts he used to pay personal expenses, which supported Mueller's claims that he withheld information from financial advisers as he cheated the Internal Revenue Service.

"They never told us about any income that was deposited in foreign accounts", Ayliff said, adding that his accounting firm would want to know of such accounts "to make sure that income is being picked up and reported correctly".

Laporta said she asked Manafort directly about any such holdings and was told there were none. Laporta said that Gates sent her a backdated document purporting to memorialize the loan and that Manafort saved $400,000 to $500,000 in taxes.

Prosecutors said Manafort evaded taxes through this scheme. "It's a lot, and Paul Manafort trusted that Rick Gates was keeping track of it".

On Thursday, prosecutors argued Manafort attempted to avoid taxes and hide income by routing funds from overseas accounts directly to vendors in the United States, including $900,000 to a men's clothing store over the course of five years.

Mr Gates has already pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and lying to investigators.

Manafort was on Trump's campaign team from March to August 2016, starting as a delegate-wrangler and serving as campaign manager in the last three months.

Accountant former head of the electoral headquarters of Donald trump Paul Manafort made a deal with the investigation and admitted that he participated in the forgery. But he says Manafort authorized those discussions, and the two never contradicted each other.

Ayliff used those forms to prepare Manafort's tax returns.

Ayliff testified that Manafort pressed him to tell bankers considering a loan application that one of Manafort's NY properties was being used as a personal residence when in fact he was renting it out.

Laporta said she knew it was "inappropriate" but agreed to alter the records to show that Manafort's firm received a $900,000 loan from Telmar in 2014, a change that would save Manafort almost a half million dollars in taxes, Laporta said. A second trial is scheduled for September in the District of Columbia. It would address allegations that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent for Ukrainian interests and made false statements to the USA government.

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