Manafort, Gates indicted on new tax, bank fraud charges unrelated to Russia or 2016 election

Manafort, Gates indicted on new tax, bank fraud charges unrelated to Russia or 2016 election
Paul Manafort (Image: YouTube screen grab via Today)

[Ed. – But by golly Mueller’s on the case.  We’ll all be much safer from election interference by Russians once Mueller’s got Manafort’s and Gates’ financials sorted out.]

Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a 32-count indictment Thursday hitting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and aide Rick Gates with fresh charges of tax evasion and bank fraud.

Manafort is specifically charged with five counts related to filing false income tax returns and four counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts. Gates is accused of 11 counts related to filing false income tax returns and three counts of failure to report foreign bank and financial accounts. Both men are accused of nine counts of bank fraud and conspiracy to commit bank fraud. …

The new indictment increases the amount of money Manafort, with the assistance of Gates, is accused of laundering to $30 million. It also charges Manafort and Gates with filing false tax returns from 2010 through 2014 and in most of those years concealing their foreign bank accounts from the IRS.

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