Manafort trial: Gates describes funneling millions through Cyprus accounts

08 August, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Kim Reid
  • Rick Gates Testifies That He Committed Crimes With Paul Manafort

"At Mr. Manafort's request we did not disclose foreign bank accounts", Gates told the jury in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia. He described how they also transferred money from their Cypriot bank accounts to a bank in the Caribbean.

Prosecutors introduced a March 2013 document that Gates said was a business agenda for a weekly meeting he had with Manafort, his boss at DMP International, Manafort's consulting firm. This is just the first of two trials in cases based on allegations involving Manafort and Gates.

In his testimony, Gates said, "I was the one who helped organize the paperwork".

Paul Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates testified today that he committed crimes with Manafort.

Some of the maneuvers were at the request of Gates, while others implicated Manafort, Laporta testified.

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But she said she was under the impression that Mr Manafort had been directing his deputies' actions and "knew what was going on".

Testimony from Mr Manafort's tax preparer continued on Monday. Gates pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate in Mueller's investigation of Manafort in what prosecutors say was an elaborate offshore tax evasion and fraud scheme.

When the trial broke for lunch Tuesday, Manafort looked back at his wife, sitting in the front row, smiled and winked at her, followed by a quick shake of his head, seeming to indicate he was unfazed or unbothered by the morning's testimony.

Prosecutors on Monday went through a list of overseas corporations and Gates testified that all of them were controlled by Manafort and contained income earned by his political consulting work.

Gates also testified that he embezzled "several hundred thousand" dollars from Manafort by submitting false expense reports that were paid out of some of the undisclosed foreign bank accounts in Cyprus.

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The case against Manafort has nothing to do with either man's work for the Trump campaign and there's been no discussion during the trial about whether the Trump campaign co-ordinated with Russian Federation - the central question Mueller's team has tried to answer.

Mr Manafort has pleaded not guilty to 18 counts of bank and tax fraud and failing to disclose foreign bank accounts. They sought to show jurors how that money flowed from more than a dozen shell companies used to stash the income in Cyprus.

It is unclear how long the arrangement extended. Gates testified about how he and Manafort continued working in Ukraine after Yanukovych fled the country in February 2014.

New charges can be brought against Gates if he fails to meet the conditions of the deal, he said. Dmytro Shymkiv, an official in Poroshenko's administration, said in an email that he was "not aware" of any such relationship. Ellis, however, has asked attorneys to refrain from using the word "oligarch"- which he considers prejudicial-to describe any of Manafort's Ukrainian clients. In response to a subpoena for records, the Trump Organization provided details of a $150,000 donation in 2015 to Trump's foundation in exchange for Trump doing a 20-minute video call into a conference organized by Pinchuk in Kiev that year.

Gates, frequently pictured with a thick lumberjack beard at the height of his political power alongside Manafort, entered the courtroom at 4:15 p.m. Monday, clean-shaven and wearing a dark suit and gold tie.

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