Special counsel Robert Mueller’s 13-count indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and business partner Richard Gates alleges the duo “generated millions of dollars of income as a result of Ukraine work, and hid the payments by laundering the cash through scores of US and foreign corporations and bank accounts.”
The indictment claims more than $75M flowed through offshore accounts and that Manafort “laundered more than $18M, which was used by him to buy property, goods, and services in the US, income that he concealed from the US Treasury, Dept. of Justice and others."
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Gates allegedly transferred more than $3M from offshore accounts that he controlled.
The indictment alleges that Manafort and Gates between 2006 and 2015 acted as unregistered agents of the Government of Ukraine; Party of Regions political party of former Ukraine president Victor Yanukovych, who fled to Russia and is wanted by Ukraine for treason; and the Opposition Bloc, successor to the Party of Regions.
Mueller alleges Manafort and Gates made false and misleading Foreign Agents Registration Act statements.
According to Count Eleven, Manafort and Gates “knowingly and willfully caused to be made a false statement of a material fact, and omitted a material fact necessary to make the statements therein not misleading, in a document filed with and furnished to the Attorney General under the provisions of FARA."
Those statements include denying meetings on behalf of the Party of Regions and Opposition Bloc in the US and existence of an agreement with the European Center for a Modern Ukraine, which is described as a “mouthpiece” for Yanukovych and the Party of Regions.
Both Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty.