BREAKING: Manafort partner describes funneling millions through Cyprus accounts

BY TEAM DML / AUGUST 7, 2018 /

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Paul Manafort’s longtime deputy told jurors Tuesday how he spent years disguising millions of dollars in foreign income as loans to lower the former Trump campaign chairman’s tax bill.

Rick Gates, the government’s star witness, recounted how he and Manafort used offshore shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus to funnel the money, all while concealing the accounts and the income from the IRS.

The article goes on to state the following:

“In Cyprus, they were documented as loans. In reality, it was basically money moving between accounts,” Gates said during his second day of testimony in the financial fraud trial of his former boss.

Prosecutors summoned Gates, described by witnesses as Manafort’s “right-hand man,” to give jurors the first-hand account of a co-conspirator they say helped Manafort carry out an elaborate offshore tax-evasion and bank fraud scheme.

Manafort’s defense attorneys have sought to paint Gates as an embezzler, liar and the instigator of any criminal conduct. They have several times tried to impugn his credibility before the jury.

Gates walked into a packed courtroom a day after he calmly acknowledged having embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from Manafort and said the two had committed crimes together by stashing money in foreign bank accounts and falsifying bank loan documents.

Manafort and Gates were the first two people indicted in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. But Gates pleaded guilty months later and agreed to cooperate in Mueller’s investigation of Manafort, the only American charged by the special counsel to opt for trial instead of a guilty plea.

USA TODAY also reported the following on Gates’ testimony:

Rick Gates, during his second day of testimony in Manafort’s bank and tax fraud trial, told a federal court that the former Trump campaign chairman engaged a Cypriot law firm and assigned members of that firm as ghost directors of the shell companies to hide Manafort’s association with the entities.

The law firm’s director was known to Manafort and Gates as “Doctor K,” who also assisted in setting up a web of bank accounts in Cyprus, which were later tapped to pay construction contractors, custom tailors and other vendors to support Manafort’s lavish lifestyle in the U.S., Gates said.

Gates testified that “Doctor K” schooled them on how to shield their operations from scrutiny so that the money could not be tracked by tax authorities.

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4 Comments

  1. Cindy August 7th, 2018 at 12:46 pm

    Wow what a [email protected] RAT! I HATE PEOPLE WHO RAT ON OTHERS

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  2. Gloria Shaffer August 7th, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Why should Manafort have to pay taxes on money he made outside the US? Big manufacturers take their businesses outside the US to avoid taxes. Makes no sense.

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  3. Knowing Goyim August 7th, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Trump is a moron for even having Manafort on his team. He’s already bought and paid for by Israel, wtf did he need Manafort for? Hell, Trump’s got his master Netanyahu looking out for him and telling him how to run the US.

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  4. Mary August 7th, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    What does this have to do with collusion with Russia? Sick and tired of Mueller wasting my taxpayer dollar.

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