Paul Manafort’s Bank Fraud Trial Begins in Virginia

(From UPI)

The highly-publicized trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, one figure involved in the Justice Department’s Russia investigation, started in Virginia Tuesday as attorneys began jury selection.

Manafort is charged with bank fraud, conspiracy, preparing false tax returns and failing to disclose foreign income. The indictment says he and associate Rick Gates moved money from Ukraine through foreign bank accounts to conceal it from the Internal Revenue Service.

If convicted on all 18 counts, Manafort could receive 305 years in prison. Prosecutors, though, are recommending 8 to 10 years.

Special counsel Robert Mueller said he will need about three weeks to try the case, which accuses Manafort of lying to banks to get more than $20 million in loans.

As campaign manager, Manafort was responsible for all aspects of Trump’s White House bid, including shoring up delegate support.

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