Paul Manafort Is Going to Jail

President Trump’s former campaign chief has been sentenced to a total of seven years prison time after being found guilty of filing false tax returns, failing to file FBARs, bank fraud, and conspiracy.

As noted in our August 22 blog post, Paul Manafort was convicted for failing to file an FBAR in 2012, and for not reporting or paying taxes on the roughly $30 million that he earned in the Ukraine and subsequently hid offshore. His second trial resulted in a conviction for conspiracy, which added 43 months to his original 47-month sentence.

New charges

We originally anticipated a minimum 10-year jail sentence for the 69-year-old Manafort, and it appears that New York State is determined to ensure that he gets it. Moments after the second sentence was handed down, the State of New York announced that it was filing separate criminal charges against Manafort for actions undertaken between 2015 and 2017. The new indictment includes charges for a total of 16 counts of:

  • Residential Mortgage Fraud in the First Degree
  • Attempt to Commit Residential Mortgage Fraud in the First Degree
  • Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree
  • Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree
  • Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree

State convictions, unlike federal ones, cannot be pardoned by the President.

Consequences of financial crimes

For over a decade, Manafort failed to pay his taxes and cheated financial institutions out of millions of dollars, all while living a lavish lifestyle. Special counsel Robert Mueller initially sought a prison term of close to 20 years, and it appears that the public outcry that followed the mere 7 ½ -year sentence for Manafort’s federal crimes has been heard.

Experienced tax and financial crimes attorneys

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