Paul Manafort Sentenced To Mere 47 Months In Prison In Virginia Case

Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

The 69-year-old was found guilty by a jury last August of five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud and one count of failing to disclose foreign bank accounts.

Manafort was accused of hiding tens of millions of dollars from the United States tax authorities which were paid as consulting fees for the work he did over the years for Russian-backed Ukrainian politicians.

Manafort asked the judge for mercy at his sentencing for a host of financial crimes - conduct that could now earn the once high-flying political consultant years in prison. Judge Ellis said he believed a sentence in the guideline range of 19 to 24 years would be "excessive", according to CNN.

After Manafort botched his cooperation agreement in the Washington case, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson may decide that Manafort should serve the sentences concurrently or consecutively - a decision that will come in Manafort's second hearing on March 13.

After his conviction, Manafort pleaded guilty to separate charges in the District of Columbia related to illegal lobbying.

Wearing a green jail uniform with the words "ALEXANDRIA INMATE" in block letters on the back, Manafort entered the Eastern District of Virginia courtroom in a wheelchair.

Manafort's "misconduct," prosecutors wrote, involved more than $16 million in unreported income (resulting in excess of $6 million in federal taxes owed), upward of $55 million stashed in hidden foreign bank accounts and north of $25 million secured from financial institutions "through lies resulting in a fraud loss of more than $6 million". Even Ellis at the outset of the case speculated that prosecutors' true motive in prosecuting Manafort was to pressure him to provide evidence against Trump. He says that "saying I feel humiliated and ashamed would be a gross understatement". "My life, personally and professionally, is in shambles". Even after his trial and guilty plea, Manafort's legal team had an unusual arrangement with Trump's legal team that gave Trump's team insight into the questions Mueller's team was pursuing. He remains out of prison to continue cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Paul Manafort to be sentenced in Va. court

Manafort will be sentenced for his additional set of charges on Wednesday in D.C.

The prosecution's star witness, Rick Gates - Manafort's former business partner who struck a plea deal to cooperate with the government - testified during the trial that he and Manafort committed bank and tax fraud together.

None of the charges against Manafort are connected to his role in the Trump campaign, which he headed for a couple of months in 2016.

The verdict marked a dramatic fall for Manafort, a savvy political operative who advised USA presidents as well as foreign leaders.

Also last month, Manafort's lawyers inadvertently revealed in a court filing that their client had shared polling data about the 2016 Trump campaign with Mr Kilimnik.

Ellis repeatedly interrupted prosecutors, told them to stop using the word "oligarch" to describe people associated with Manafort because it made him seem "despicable", and objected to pictures of Manafort's luxury items they planned to show jurors.

"It isn't a crime to have a lot of money and be profligate in your spending", Ellis told prosecutors.

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